Celebrate and honor black history month in Atlanta, Georgia with a variety of events honoring black history in the south. Black history month was established to study and honor African American History and life.
One of the best places to commemorate Black History Month in Atlanta is with a visit to MLK’s birth home, the MLK Center, and historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birth Home
Tour the birth home of Martin Luther King, Jr., located at 503 Auburn Avenue, in Atlanta. Tickets must be purchased at the MLK Visitor Center around the corner. Tours are free and will take you back to the place where MLK, Jr.’s dreams were first born.
The MLK Center is dedicated to the education and continuing pursuit of social justice. It is the home of the tombs of both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Coretta Scott King, located in a beautiful reflecting pool at the MLK Center.
You can also visit the chapel of historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.
70’s Soul Jam
70’s Soul Jam is a celebration of Soulful music that has been a part of the cultural history of black America. It will be held at the Atlanta Civic Center on February 7, 2009. The concert features The Stylistics; Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, The Main Ingredient with Cuba Gooding, Sr.; Manhattans; and the Dramatics. The show begins at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices are $43.50 to $76.
Join Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash, and Nona Hendryx in concert at the Atlantic Civic Center February 14, at 8pm. Patti LaBelle is an icon in the African American community. This concert will help you enjoy culture and spirit of African American music. Ticket prices range from $56 to $86.
Sweet Auburn Historic District
Take a walking tour of what was once known as one of Atlanta’s richest African American districts in the world. You’ll encounter many historic churches, homes, and businesses. Unfortunately, much of the area has fallen into disarray due to lack of funding, but historic information about the area is available at the Atlanta Visitors Center and Convention Bureau.
The area is undergoing renovation, but you can still find the spot where The Royal Peacock Club brought black popular music to Atlanta and The Top Hat Club. The Top Hat Club opened in 1938 and hosted local talent and nationally known African Americans like B.B. King, the Four Tops, the Tams, and Atlanta’s native Gladys Knight. There are new monuments and historic markers being installed in the area. One sculpture worth noting is a bronze sculpture of the face of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.