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5 Atlanta Landmarks Honoring the African-American Experience

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By AAA Travel Editor Sherry Mims
January 18, 2018
Learn about African-American history and culture with a trip to Atlanta, one of the cities in the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. Iconic businesses and museums in the city—called the “black mecca” by Ebony magazine—provide a look at life ranging from Jim Crow laws and segregation to the effects of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act.
5 Atlanta Landmarks Honoring the African-American Experience
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APEX Museum
Much more than a civil rights museum, this attraction, “where every month is Black History Month,” focuses on topics ranging from ancient Africa to Atlanta businesses owned by African-Americans. Displays, including a replica of the Yates and Milton Drug Store, also reveal the people and places, such as historic Auburn Avenue, that remain relevant today.
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Center for Civil and Human Rights
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the Civil Rights Movement’s influence on worldwide human rights at this AAA GEM® attraction inspired by the work of former mayor Shirley Franklin as well as civil rights icons Evelyn Lowery and former United Nations ambassador Andrew Young. Exhibits go beyond a textbook explanation of the era with interactive activities and technology. Also impressive are the rotating materials, including documents and writings, found in The Morehouse College of Martin Luther King Jr. Collection.
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Hyatt Regency Atlanta
This downtown Atlanta hotel’s ongoing commitment to the community and minority businesses, earned it the Trailblazer Award, presented by Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The AAA Rated® hotel also features a nice atrium lobby and is convenient to public transportation, allowing guests to explore the area at leisure.
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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
This AAA GEM® site encompasses Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church as well as the birthplace and grave of Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who paid the ultimate price for his activism when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. Coretta Scott King, who carried on her husband’s work, is buried beside him.
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Sweet Auburn Springfest
This multicultural festival kicks off in the spring along Auburn Avenue, sometimes known as “Sweet Auburn” and “the greatest street on the planet.” First founded by civil rights leader Hosea Williams in 1984 to promote the historic center of African-American business and civic life, the seasonal AAA GEM® celebration—said to be one of the largest free outdoor events in the Southeast—features entertainment, a market and a children’s area.
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