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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.
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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.”
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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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Eat lunch where civil rights movement leaders once held meetings

“During the civil rights movement, we’d start our day at Busy Bee or Paschal’s,” says Andrew Young, referencing his days at the SCLC with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s. “But you didn’t go to those places so much to eat as you did to meet. That’s where you found out what was going on.”

Georgia Capitol’s Martin Luther King Jr. statue unveiled on 54th anniversary of “I Have a Dream”

"This day was no accident," said Bernice King. "[The dedication] had to happen at this day, at this time, with everything that's happening in this nation because once again Martin Luther King Jr. is providing a sense of direction as we deal with the current controversial climate."
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Home for Dinner: Andrew Young, former U.N. ambassador and civil rights leader

“Normally, it’s pizza,” Andrew Young jokes. That’s not exactly true. Pizza boxes might sometimes grace the table at regular family get-togethers, hosted by his son, Andrew “Bo” Young III, in his six-bedroom home in Buckhead. Most of the time, though, it’s platters of home-cooked meat and vegetables made by Bo’s wife, Angelica.
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Volunteer on the MLK Day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

At 85, Andrew Young has a lot on his mind

Before the Andrew J. Young Foundation's annual Leadership Awards, we sat down with the civil rights leader and former U.N Ambassador and discussed Donald Trump, mayor Kasim Reed, and fighting poverty.

4 questions for civil rights activist Sybil Morial

The former first lady of New Orleans discusses Jim Crow, activism, and how Hurricane Katrina inspired her to write her memoir.
The Temple Bombing

A new play revisits an act of terror that proved Atlanta’s mettle as “the city too busy to hate”

“It’s a story of an unsung human rights leader who applied the tenets of his faith to encourage a reticent congregation to stand up against segregation,” says Jimmy Maize, writer and director of a new play based on the events, The Temple Bombing, which makes its debut at the Alliance Theatre on February 22.

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