Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Birthplace

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: 488 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 45.333    W 084° 22.28
  33.75555    -84.37133333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMMWCA
The Birthplace Marker  


For his first 12 years Martin Luther King, Jr., lived in the comfortable middle-class home across from you. Two cultural values distinguished the King household: a strong sense of family and the ever-presence of religion. Bad behavior often met a stern response; good behavior received a warm embrace. Evening meals always waited until "Daddy King" came home. Prayer and scripture readings punctuated each day.

"Daddy King's" status as pastor at Ebenezer and strong maternal influences ensured a stable and secure upbringing for the King children. While the anguish caused by the Depression swirled all around them, the Kings lived comfortably - their home and church a neighborhood mainstay.

"My mother and father went out of their way to provide everything for their children¨¨I went right on through school; I never had to drop out to work or anything. And you know, I was about to conclude that life had been wrapped up for me in a Christmas package."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From his speech, Why Jesus Called a Man a Fool
August 27, 1967

[Background photo caption reads]
Dr. King returned often to his neighborhood - here with two of his own children, Martin III and Yolanda. The home was acquired by The King Center in 1971; it opened to the public in 1975.

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The King family, about 1939. Front, left to right: Alfred Daniel (A.D.), Christine, and Martin. Standing: Martin's mother Alberta Williams King, Martin Luther King, Sr., and grandmother Jennie Williams, who lived with the family until her death in 1941.

Erected by National Park Service.


The Birthplace


For more information:
Wikipedia - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nobel Prize - Martin Luther King, Jr. - Biographical
NAACP - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
SCLC - Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Wikipedia - NAACP
Wikipedia - SCLC
Wikipedia - Civil Rights Act of 1964
Wikipedia - Racism
Wikipedia - Racial segregation in the United States

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