A Visit to The King Center…Free at Last…

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A couple months ago I visited The King Center with my dear friend and mentor.  She was in town and this was a must see on her list. I am so glad it was, and I’m even more thankful that I am near enough to visit again.

This experience is one that I will never forget, and while it was deeply impactful it’s also hard to find the words to describe it.  To know that I was able to sit in the pews where the King family fellowshiped, celebrated, and grieved…to take a stroll down Freedom Walkway and see history in iconic pictures all along the walls…to view powerful art and expression and learn more about the peace makers of our time….and to stand before the crypt where Dr. and Mrs. King are laid to rest…I mean, wow.

There’s so much to say about the freedoms that I’m grateful for, and those who literally gave their lives so I can live mine with my head held high. In many ways we as a nation still have so far to go, but there’s no denying that the change starts with us, and our voices are not too small to be heard.

I encourage you to not only take a look at this selection of photos (there were many more I could’ve shared), but take some time out of your day off to really think about why we celebrate Dr. King and his legacy.

If you’re in or near the Atlanta Metro area I implore you to visit The King Center. Bring a friend, bring your family, bring a stranger. Just bring an open mind, perhaps some Kleenex and a humble heart, and you certainly won’t regret it. 

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Many blessings to you all.

30 thoughts on “A Visit to The King Center…Free at Last…

  1. This was such a good read. I loved getting a glimpse into your visit to the King Center. As many times as I’ve seen documentaries, and pictures from this time period; it still so sad that things were like this. Thanks for sharing!!
    Angela

  2. I went years ago when my hubby and I were dating. It was so humbling. I can’t wait to take my kids when they are older. Reminds me of the blessings we have today because of the sacrifices of great leaders like him.

  3. This is so incredibly powerful. In light of recent events, I’ve been especially ready to celebrate this day this year. My dad grew up in Memphis and often recounts being pulled out of school when he was assassinated. That story still resonates with me, but especially on this day. Thank you for sharing your story and your visit.

  4. What a beautiful and intense experience. I’ve told myself that the next time that I’m in those deep South states, I want to make sure to visit as much African American historical sites as possible.

  5. Wow, thank you for sharing such a wonderful experience with us. It’s a place I would love to visit with my kids. Your pictures and post are a great way for us to see what you saw in a very creative way.

  6. I would love to visit there one day. It’s easy to get comfortable in the now and neglect to remember the past. This is a beautiful reminder and tribute, Patricia.

  7. I am born and raised in Georgia and the King Center is a must see for everybody. It is a great place for kids to learn a little history and see where he thrived. Your pictures are fantastic and I am glad you got to experience this with your family.

    1. We just moved to Georgia a couple years ago so it was a blessing to be able to do this. Thank you for your thoughts Breyona!
      Blessings,
      Patricia

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