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Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site

features Atlanta's Auburn Avenue, the neighborhood where the civil rights leader was born and raised. "Sweet Auburn," as it came to be called, became the center of African American life in Atlanta between 1910 and 1930. Photos and maps of the neighborhood are provided. King's role in the civil rights movement is also examined. (National Park Service)

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Interesting Fact:

Black leaders in Montgomery organized a bus boycott to complement Rosa Parks' legal challenge to her arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white. They elected King to lead the boycott, which lasted a year and propelled him to national prominence as a civil rights leader.
Photo of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth home.

Birth home

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