Five decades of civil rights coverage

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.

Atlanta magazine was launched in May 1961, just a three months before the city—belatedly and under court order—integrated its public schools. Over the past fifty-plus years, the magazine has tracked the city’s civil rights evolution. A few highlights from our archives can be found at rights