Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march
I have been to Selma, Alabama, at least three dozen times. My father grew up there with his grandparents and a gaggle of cousins. For much of his childhood, his front yard was a fifty-acre cotton field, and it was not uncommon to see a chicken running around with its head cut off. We visited […]Read more
Civil Rights Tours, Atlanta visits 20-plus sites and incorporates original interviews with civil rights leaders and archival photos
This month, Tom Houck draws on his personal history and wide circle of friends with a new endeavor: Civil Rights Tours, Atlanta. Organized in partnership with Atlanta Movie Tours, it begins and ends at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.Read more
The former president emphasized the importance of MLK’s “beloved community,” bantered with Andrew Young, and praised the Pope.
During Saturday’s annual King Center Salute to Greatness Awards dinner, former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young introduced former President Bill Clinton with the utmost praise, calling him “probably the most-loved human being on Earth.” Clinton, however, had a different candidate in mind for that particular honor.Read more
On the film’s fine details, visits from Andrew Young and John Lewis, and the events in Ferguson
Selma director Ava DuVernay shot her new film about the civil rights movement’s 1965 bloody march to voting equality in just six weeks this summer in Atlanta and Alabama. Scheduled to open in limited release on Christmas Day, Selma stars David Oyelowo as MLK, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, and Stephan James as a young John Lewis. We talked with DuVernay in the fall, when she took a break from the editing room to discuss the film.Read more
The long-delayed film focuses on a pivotal period in 1965
This June, Ava DuVernay, director of Selma—the long-delayed movie about a pivotal period in the life of Martin Luther King Jr.—stood at the front of historic Wheat Street Baptist Church. She was preparing for a scene featuring Stephan James, the Canadian actor who plays civil rights legend John Lewis. “My back was turned to the door when suddenly Stephan’s eyes got big,” DuVernay said.Read more
Thunderous applause greeted the six-minute snippet screened at the BronzeLens Film Festival.
Even by eager-to-please Atlanta standards, a new standing ovation record may have been set at Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema during October’s BronzeLens Film Festival. After seeing just six minutes of Selma, Paramount Pictures’ upcoming drama chronicling MLK and the 1965 Alabama voting rights campaign, the crowd rose and applauded wildly for director Ava DuVernay.Read more
Selected stories from our archives
Today marks a monumental anniversary: fifty years since the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Atlanta native son Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “dream” speech. Amid all the discussion of how far we’ve come and how far we need to go, it’s worth reflecting on how King’s legacy is reflected in his hometown.Read more
The New York Times interviews the civil rights leader
As the country prepares to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, John Lewis, the last surviving speaker from that iconic event, discusses voting rights with the New York Times.Read more