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Tell us your favorite John Lewis story

If you live in Atlanta, you probably have a John Lewis story. Maybe you sat next to him on a flight or gave him a hug at a festival. We want to hear your stories.
The Coffee Shop 1961

Flashback: How student sit-ins in downtown Atlanta sparked change in the 1960s

Over four consecutive days in February 1961, roughly 80 activists—including nine at a coffee shop on Forsyth Street—were arrested and refused bail, testing the limits of the county jail.
Sunset Avenue home

A tour of unsung places in Atlanta’s civil rights past

Civil Bikes owner Nedra Deadwyler, who leads tours on local history and preservation, highlights some unsung places in Atlanta’s civil rights past.
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

A new exhibition at the Atlanta History Center documents Georgia’s earliest civil rights heroes

Starting January 18, the Atlanta History Center will honor Campbell, one of the first black men elected to the General Assembly, and more of the state’s pre–World War I civil rights advocates as part of the New-York Historical Society’s Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow.
Montgomery

Explore must-visit museums and historical sites on a weekend getaway to Montgomery, Alabama

There’s a street in Montgomery that locals say is one of the most historic in America. A large fountain sits at the western end, the site of the city’s once-booming slave market. At the eastern end is the Alabama State Capitol, where Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederacy. In between is Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. served as pastor in the late 1950s.
Super Bowl Town Hall Atlanta King Center

NFL players, owners, and execs held a conversation on criminal justice and activism at the King Center before Super Bowl LIII

Partnering with the NFL and the King Center, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) hosted its fourth Super Bowl Town Hall on Thursday, bringing together players, NFL execs, owners, and Bernice King to talk about criminal justice and activism, and what place they have in America’s favorite sport.
Circa: Atlanta Sanitation

Flashback: The civil rights activist and agitator, Hosea Williams

Hosea Williams was standing below the Memphis motel balcony when he saw his friend and mentor, Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated. Williams, a pugnacious lieutenant in the civil rights movement, the bad cop to Andrew Young’s good cop, wondered “whether America lost its last chance.”
Emory Civil Rights Movement

Emory students tackle unsolved, unpunished killings from the Civil Rights Movement—and draw parallels to today

Hank Klibanoff’s students are talking about running. Specifically, why an innocent black teenager would run from white cops in Macon in 1962. Simone Senibaldi, a senior, says, “The thing about running—for me and people that I know who are black—is that whenever cops are around, you run, regardless of whether you’re innocent or guilty.”

It matters what our presidents eat

Adrian Miller wants to pay homage to the largely African American cooks who have fed United States presidents with his new book, The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas.

The story behind PBS’s new John Lewis documentary

We chatted with Kathleen Dowdey, the director of the project, which airs Friday, February 10.

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