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On this day 60 years ago, a black man driving a white woman was pulled over in a traffic stop that would change the course of American history. 

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The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta is launching a special exhibit next week to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

In conjunction with Monday’s holiday, the Center is showcasing an exhibit on King’s Beloved Community, which begins this weekend.

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“On Second Thought” began celebrating Black History Month by learning about the man who was nicknamed the “Mouth of the South,” James “Alley Pat” Patrick. Atlantans heard the disc jockey in 1949 on the city’s first black-owned radio station, WERD. Patrick was born on Dec. 2, 1919, in Montezuma, Georgia. His radio career began in 1951 at WERD.  

In addition to hosting a radio show, Patrick was instrumental in the Civil Rights movement. He was friends with activists and leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Hosea Williams and Andrew Young. Patrick was also known as a bail bondsman, as he bailed out activists from jail during the 1960s.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s family home on Atlanta's west side will now become part of the federal park in Atlanta that includes sites such as the church where he preached and King's birth home.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed on Monday, Jan. 21, and several events will take place in Georgia to commemorate his life.

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The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is commemorating what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 90th birthday this year with a new exhibit of drafts and notes from some of Dr. King's most enduring speeches and sermons, including "I Have A Dream." 

Nicole Moore is the manager of education and museum content for the center. She was part of the team that worked to curate this special exhibit called "The Meaning of Hope: The Best of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection." The exhibit opened in Atlanta Jan. 19. 

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The government shutdown has shuttered popular Atlanta tourist attractions tied to the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., but the shutdown won't derail 10 days of events leading up to Jan. 21 — the federal holiday honoring the late civil rights leader.


Coretta Scott King was not just the wife of the late civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. She was also an accomplished activist in her own right.


She traveled the world and advocated for racial and social equality for people of all walks of life.


In 1968, the same year her husband was assassinated, Scott-King founded the King Center, which has served as a base of operations for modern day activism.





MLK Adviser, Civil Rights Icon Dorothy Cotton Dies at 88

Jun 12, 2018
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Dorthy Cotton, a civil rights pioneer who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr has died at the age of 88. Cotton led education efforts for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the civil rights era, and she led the Atlanta-based civil rights group’s Citizenship Education Program.

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With New Year's right around the corner, we're re-airing our conversation with Ambassador Andrew Young in the spirit of self-reinvention. We hope that Young, a man who has been working on himself for his entire life, will inspire you as you write your New Year's resolutions. 

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Today on “Political Rewind,” what might happen to Georgia legislators who work to remove Confederate memorials in locations in South Georgia? In an ominous message, Woodbine Rep. Jason Spencer, a white lawmaker, told African-American Rep. LaDawn Jones that “she won’t be met with torches but something a lot more definitive” if she continues to call for the removal of Confederate statues in South Georgia. This, just a day after elected officials and citizens came together to celebrate the display of unity that accompanied the unveiling of the statue of MLK at the Capitol.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” 54 years to the day after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a statue honoring him was unveiled this morning on the grounds of the Georgia Capitol. Our panel of insiders looks at the meaning of this historic event.

On Monday, 54 years after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech and less than a month after a counterprotester was killed following a demonstration by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., a statue of the legendary civil rights leader will be unveiled outside the Georgia State Capitol in King's hometown of Atlanta.

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Fifty years ago this month, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the annual convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Hyatt Regency in Atlanta opened its doors for the event on August 16, 1967. One of the conference’s planners was civil rights icon and journalist Xernona Clayton.

The children of Martin Luther King Jr. have agreed to end a legal battle over his Nobel Peace Prize and travel Bible, which pitted the civil rights leader's heirs against each other.

A judge in Georgia signed an order Monday releasing the items to Martin Luther King III, who serves with his siblings, Dexter Scott King and Bernice King, as the sole directors of their father's estate.

First, we speak with Anthony Mackie, who is currently lighting up the silver screen as Falcon in “Captain America: Civil War.” Mackie’s next role is a completely different heroic challenge. He plays Martin Luther King Jr. in the upcoming HBO film, “All the Way.” Bryan Cranston will star alongside Mackie in the role of Lyndon B. Johnson. The story introduces the two political figures at the height of the Civil Rights movement in a country torn apart by the assassination of John F. Kennedy.