A few years ago I traveled through Alabama on its Civil Rights trail with the Alabama Tourism Board. I am so glad I went on that trip. I learned so much about the Civil Rights movement that I didn’t know and visited poignant historic sites that really brought the movement to life.
Today on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day I want to share some of the places I visited and the ways you can give back to these historic sites so others can learn from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
The King Center (Atlanta, GA)
The King Center prepares global citizens to create a more just, humane and peaceful world using Dr. King’s nonviolent philosophy and methodology. Donate to The King Center.
Ebenezer Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA)
Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where his father preached as did he. He remained co-pastor until his death in 1968. The National Park Foundation restored the church and gives tours to those who want to see part of MLK’s early history. Donate to Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home (Atlanta, GA)
Martin Luther King and his siblings were all born in this home. After his death in 1968, this home was turned into a museum. It has been restored with original furniture as well as with toys and linens from the children. National Park Service rangers lead free tours of the home. Donate to the National Park Service.
Dexter Parsonage Museum (Montgomery, AL)
Martin Luther King and his family lived in the Dexter parsonage from 1954 – 1960 . Often bombed, the home still stands and was turned into a museum in 1982. Fortunately no one was hurt during the height of the Civil Rights movement in this home. You can donate to the tourism ministry in order for tours to continue.