47. Listen to MLK

At a historic Civil Rights era landmark

Photograph by James Burns

There are few places in Atlanta we call sacred, but the sanctuary of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church is one of them. Take your place in a worn wooden pew while the voice of America’s greatest orator soars above: “This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, ‘My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.’” An $8 million renovation, completed in 2011, restored Ebenezer to how it looked in the 1960s when King would come home to preach in between treks stirring the conscience of the country.

This article originally appeared in our April 2013 issue.