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Atlanta: Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement   

Between 1940 and 1970 Atlanta was the epicenter of the American Civil Rights Movement as black leaders fought for voting rights, access to public facilities and institutions, and economic and educational opportunities for African Americans. A Park Ranger at the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Park will conduct a 2.5 hour tour that will include the Birth Home of Martin Luther King, Jr.; The King Center with Dr. and Mrs. King’s Tomb, the Eternal Flame, and Freedom Hall; Fire Station No. 6; and the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Sanctuary. Participants will also see the BEHOLD monument which was unveiled on January 11, 1990 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King as a tribute to her husband and as an inspiration to all who fight for dignity, social justice, and human rights. Participants will walk through the World Peace Rose Garden located in front of the Visitor Center. When in bloom, the garden boasts 185 roses in different colors and scents and is the site for the annual contest for students across the world to submit poems of peace. A private lunch will be served at Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Midtown Atlanta. Established in 1945 it is the last of sixteen tea rooms once found in downtown Atlanta. The tour will then continue at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights which opened in 2014. It connects the American Civil Rights Movement to human rights challenges across the world today. Participants will enjoy taking a self-led tour of the facility that includes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s papers and artifacts, the history of the American Civil Rights Movement, and stories about the worldwide struggle for human rights.