Founded in 2018, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta commemorates the accomplishments, leadership, and legacy of a man whose work and life were dedicated to his vision of an America that lived up to the promise of liberty and justice for all. While the Parks Project offices are closed, we’re taking some time today to learn more about the man whose fight and goals from over fifty years ago are still relevant and inspiring today. 

 

While the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park’s indoor spaces are currently closed, there’s plenty to explore virtually. The park, located in Atlanta, includes the house that King was born in, as well as the original Ebenezer Baptist Church. If you’ve never visited before—or plan to in the future—here’s a list of tips to help you get started and a video of park ranger Marty Smith sharing about the history of the park. 


If you’re looking for a virtual experience, visit the King Center website for a line up of virtual events and resources for the day. 

 

What does the environmental justice movement owe Dr. King? In this article, author Paola Rosa-Aquino examines how environmental causes overlap with the fight for Civil Rights. These sentiments are also explored in this article from the National Wildlife Federation.

 

Take a closer look at the people who knew Dr. King personally in this post from StoryCorps, from people who witnessed his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech to his personal driver who dropped out of high school to join the Civil Rights fight.

 

Ready for a deep dive? Stanford’s World House podcast takes a closer look at some of Dr. King’s most commemorated—and controversial—speeches. 

 

Want to know more about how Dr. King’s work relates to the fight for environmental justice? Check out this list of articles assembled in honor of Earth Day. 

 

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