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John Lewis dies at 80

“The icon of icons”: Remembering civil rights hero, Congressman John Lewis

A civil rights legend and representative of Georgia’s 5th District since 1987, John Lewis served his Atlanta constituents and the nation as the “moral conscience of Congress.” Lewis died on July 17, 2020 at age 80.
Atlanta must lead the way in advancing racial equity

Atlanta must lead the way in advancing racial equity

This time of unrest offers the chance to take a different path forward and lead the Atlanta region, the South, and the nation toward a more equitable future. We must take the lessons (both good and bad) from our courageous past to realize a New Atlanta Way.
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.
75 Best Restaurants in Atlanta: Busy Bee Cafe

Busy Bee

Atlanta would be a lesser town without Busy Bee, which provided sustenance to Civil Rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK National Historical Park open despite government shutdown is MLK site open on MLK day

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park will open for holiday despite government shutdown

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park—which includes the visitor center, King's birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the historic Fire Station No. 6—has been closed since the government shutdown began on December 22, but thanks to a grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation and money from NPS recreation fees, the park will reopen for the King holiday on and stay open through Super Bowl LIII.

Don’t Miss List: Our top 5 event picks for January

Fahamu Pecou has come back from tragedy to host a solo show at Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, Justin Timberlake is coming to State Farm Arena, and Atlanta is celebrating what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 90th birthday.
South-View Cemetery Atlanta Winifred Hemphill

At South-View Cemetery, Winifred Watts Hemphill is keeper of black Atlanta’s departed history

Winifred Watts Hemphill's great-grandfather cofounded South-View Cemetery in 1886 to give black Atlantans a dignified final resting place. Today, her mission is to help ensure those buried there, including civil rights leaders, athletes, and artists, are not forgotten.
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.”
50 Best Things to Do in Atlanta

Visit the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in this 1895 Queen Anne house on Auburn Avenue, and a visit to the restored two-story home offers a glimpse into the early years of the future legend.

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