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Celebrate Black History Month in Downtown Atlanta

February 9, 2017

Downtown Atlanta is brimming with history, and there are a variety of organizations offering community programming in celebration of Black History Month.

Center for Civil and Human Rights

The Center for Civil and Human Rights in connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection gallery features a rotating exhibition of items from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, where visitors can view the personal papers and items of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Currently on display is "Down Jericho Road: Martin Luther King, Jr. in his Final Year," which showcases work from the final year of Dr. King's life.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

Here you can tour where Dr. King was born, raised, worshiped and died. Free to all, visitors can tour King's birth home, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the exhibitions at the Visitor's Center, and the King Center's grounds, though be mindful that certain areas are undergoing renovation. Learn more about upcoming program that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination -- called MLK 50 Forward -- here.

Oakland Cemetery

The African American burial grounds are the resting place of some of Atlanta’s most revered black leaders, including Carrie Steele Logan, William Finch and Maynard Jackson. Though guided tours are currently at capacity, visitors can partake in self-guided tours using the Oakland mobile app or the “African American Voices” cell phone tour. Learn more about the African American grounds restoration project here.

Auburn Avenue Research Library

This newly-renovated community amenity always boasts a robust event calendar, and Black History Month is no exception. This Saturday, enjoy books and stories, songs, movement activities and crafts celebrating the Black Diaspora—free and open to the public. Be sure to check out the gallery spaces, too, including the “Voices of the World” Gonzalo Borondo exhibit and the Community Wall of Commemoration dedicated to public reflections on the life and legacy of Dr. King.

APEX Museum

A museum “where every month is Black History Month,” APEX presents history from the African American perspective. They achieve this through three permanent exhibits, “Africa: The Untold Story, “Sweet Auburn Street of Pride” and “The MAAFA (The African Holocaust).” Open five days a week, make a visit to APEX part of your exploration of the historic Sweet Auburn district.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

During the month of February, CMA is highlighting African American artists and scientists who have made significant contributions to the world in which we live. From the Art Studio to the Build It! Lab, children will enjoy hands-on exploration as they learn about men and women who were pioneers in their fields. 

Black History Month Parade

Finish out the month on February 24 with an energetic and celebratory event that will begin in Hurt Park and conclude at Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Baker Street. The parade will be bookended by a festival and ceremony, which will feature speakers, performers, vendors and more.

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