6:00 AM Depart from MPBC
10:45 – 11:25 AM Lunch
Subway | 250 Park Ave. W., NW | 0.2 mi
BajaFresh | 250 Park Ave. W., NW | 0.2 mi
Max’s Pizzeria | 300 Marietta St., NW | 0.3 mi
Atlanta Breakfast Club | 249 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. | 0.2 mi
11:30 – 1:00 PM National Center for Civil & Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Blvd., NW
With exhibits that employ images, words, and sounds to help us remember our past, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights connects American civil rights movements to global human rights initiatives. We can expect to see Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement, The Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, and Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement.
1:30 – 3:30 PM King Center: A National Historic Site
450 Auburn Ave. NE
During our two hours here, you are invited to visit the Historic Ebeneezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King, Jr. was baptized and later ordained at 19 years old. In 1960, MLK, Jr. was named co-pastor of the church with his father, Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. (a.k.a. Daddy King), a title he held until his death in 1968.
The Birth Home of MLK, Jr. is also a part of this National Historic Site. This is the home in which MLK, Jr. was born and lived the first 12 years of his life.
The Behold Monument sits in the International World Peace Rose Garden, which is also a part of this Historic Site. The sculpture was dedicated by Mrs. Corretta Scott King as a tribute to her late husband in 1990. The sculptor, Patrick Morelli, was inspired by the African ritual of lifting a newborn child to the heavens and reciting the words, “Behold the only thing greater than yourself.” He felt that King’s demonstrations of both moral courage and brotherly dignity in the midst of threats, insults, and ultimately death were reflected in this piece.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Corretta Scott King Crypt:
After his assassination in 1968, King’s body was brought back to Atlanta and placed in South-View Cemetery, which was founded by nine former slaves who were barred from white-only cemeteries. It is now the oldest not-for profit, African-American owned corporation in our country. Mrs. King opened the MLK, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in the basement of their home in June of 1968. In 1970, she had his body moved to a new tomb on a lot cleared east of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he had preached. The tomb is faced with Georgia marble, as a nod to King’s southern roots.
Over the years, the tomb has been changed as different quotations from King’s legacy have been incorporated into the monument. In 1977 an eternal flame was added to symbolize the continuing effort to realize King’s dream of “Beloved Community” which is also recognized as shalom: wholeness, justice, peace, and equality for all of humankind. In 2006, Corretta Scott King died and was reunited with her husband in her final resting place after nearly 40 years of separation. On her tomb, the following scripture from Corinthians is engraved: “And now abide Faith, Hope, Love, these three; but the greatest of these is Love.”
3:30 PM Board the Bus
Time change. Set clocks back 1 hour.
4:45 – 5:30 PM Driving Tour of Tuskegee
Tuskegee, the home place of George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington, was founded in 1833, after the Creek Native American tribes were removed and displaced to Indian Territory west of the Mississippi River. It was soon named county seat of Macon County, Alabama. Before the Civil War, the area was mostly used as a cotton plantation, dependent upon the free labor of African-American slaves. After the Civil War, many freedmen continued to work on plantations in the rural area. In 1881 the Tuskegee Normal School (Now Tuskegee University, an Historically Black College) was founded and it’s director, Booker T. Washington developed a national reputation and network to support the education of freedmen and their children. With the goals of training teachers for the segregated school system and training freedmen for self-sufficiency, Tuskegee soon became a national symbol that African Americans could succeed when given the opportunity.
From 1932 to 1972, the school was also the site of the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study which was conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service. The study violated a number of ethical norms related to healthcare and participants who are involved in clinical studies, including providers failing to inform patients that they were infected with syphilis, failing to explain treatment options after those became approved, and failed to obtain patient consent. This led to radical reform of U.S. law regarding such studies.
The famous Tuskegee Airmen were also trained at Tuskegee University and Morton Airfield. Designated in 1939 as one of the few places where African-Americans could be trained as civilian pilots, Tuskegee’s reputation for training some of our nations best pilots was given a special boost when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt took to the skies with a black flight instructor and publically stated that she enjoyed the experience. Over 992 Army Air Corps pilots were trained in Tuskegee, but the Airmen title has come to include 17,000 support personnel including mechanics, cooks, electricians, and instructors who all had their hand in the making of this radical success. The pilots were excellent at shooting down enemy aircraft and built an incredible reputation as escorts, never losing a bomber.
5:30 PM Depart for Montgomery
6:30 – 8:00 PM Martha’s Restaurant
Martha Hawkins was the 10th of 12 children in her family. Although they never had much money, Martha’s mother always found a way to turn some home-grown vegetables into a delicious meal that sustained not only her own family but anyone who was hungry. Despite her economic situation and the onset of a severe mental illness, Martha pursued her dream, stepped out on faith, and opened a restaurant. Employing the values and skills that her mother instilled in her, Martha’s restaurant grew to become nationally known as a fixture in the culinary life of Montgomery. Martha only hires folks who are down on their luck, just as she was when she trusted in God to turn her life around. Martha has proven many times that keeping the faith makes the difference between failure and success.
8:15 PM Check In at Courtyard by Marriott
The Awakening Series seeks to engage the intersections of culture and faith, particularly around areas of injustice and moral responsibility. Through faith formation opportunities that address issues of our daily lives, we are working to create shalom (wholeness, equity, justice, and peace) for all.