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Bill Clinton accepts the King Center’s Salute to Greatness Award

During Saturday’s annual King Center Salute to Greatness Awards dinner, former Atlanta mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young introduced former President Bill Clinton with the utmost praise, calling him “probably the most-loved human being on Earth.” Clinton, however, had a different candidate in mind for that particular honor.

Volunteer: MLK Day of Service

On January 19, join Hands On Atlanta for its 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Q&A: Selma director Ava DuVernay

Selma director Ava DuVernay shot her new film about the civil rights movement’s 1965 bloody march to voting equality in just six weeks this summer in Atlanta and Alabama. Scheduled to open in limited release on Christmas Day, Selma stars David Oyelowo as MLK, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, and Stephan James as a young John Lewis. We talked with DuVernay in the fall, when she took a break from the editing room to discuss the film.

Atlanta-filmed MLK biopic Selma opens in theaters December 25

This June, Ava DuVernay, director of Selma—the long-delayed movie about a pivotal period in the life of Martin Luther King Jr.—stood at the front of historic Wheat Street Baptist Church. She was preparing for a scene featuring Stephan James, the Canadian actor who plays civil rights legend John Lewis. “My back was turned to the door when suddenly Stephan’s eyes got big,” DuVernay said.

A preview of the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma

Even by eager-to-please Atlanta standards, a new standing ovation record may have been set at Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema during October’s BronzeLens Film Festival. After seeing just six minutes of Selma, Paramount Pictures’ upcoming drama chronicling MLK and the 1965 Alabama voting rights campaign, the crowd rose and applauded wildly for director Ava DuVernay.

What are you doing this weekend? January 16-20

For the lucky ones who are free from work and school this Monday, it can be easy to look at this weekend as a three-day rest-a-thon. But Atlanta is perhaps the city richest with...

Five decades of civil rights coverage

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.

Video of the Day: John Lewis talks race and voting rights

As the country prepares to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, John Lewis, the last surviving speaker from that iconic event, discusses voting rights with the New York Times.
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Bernice King on her family’s legacy: “What was once something I resented, I now feel honored to carry.”

When Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, his youngest child was just five. She had spent little time with her father; he was so often on the road—jailed in Birmingham a few weeks after her birth, addressing 200,000 people on the National Mall when she was five months old, marching from Selma to Montgomery when she was a toddler.

Trayvon Martin rally: ‘We must move from stand your ground to common ground’

Neither Kathy Sanders nor her son, Rico, had ever attended a political rally before, but they joined thousands of people in downtown Atlanta Saturday afternoon to pay tribute to Trayvon Martin and call for an end to racial profiling.

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