Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Enjoy free admission to the Atlanta History Center and the Margaret Mitchell House at Atlanta History Center Midtown in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and featuring special programming that highlights the contributions of African Americans in Atlanta. 

Featured Experience: A Trek to the River’s Edge Film Screening and Conversation
1:00 and 3:00pm

A Trek to the River’s Edge is a documentary about the Atlanta Student Movement of the 1960s and outlines the strategy, planning and support from the larger community striving to overcome the oppression of segregation. Hear filmmaker Althea Brown and 1960s student leaders of the group Committee on Appeal for Human Rights discuss this challenging period in Atlanta’s history.

Museum Theatre Experiences:

Freedom Ride Simulation
11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm

Parental guidance suggested

Do you have what it takes to be a civil rights movement Freedom Fighter? In this interactive theatrical simulation, test your courage by traveling into the Deep South on a Freedom Ride with CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) representatives and help challenge new laws banning segregation on interstate buses.

11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm 

Join a paperboy in 1906 as he educates new recruits on the “tricks of the trade” while highlighting the challenges he encountered as a witness to the Atlanta Race Riot that year.

Connie Curry
10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm

Gather in the exhibition’s diner-styled space to meet activist Connie Curry as she trains a new group of student volunteers for the SNCC  (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee ) and explores her journey in the struggle for civil rights. 

Rosalyn Walton
10:15am, 11:15am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm 

Encounter Rosalyn Walton of the Atlanta Nine—a group of trailblazing students who integrated Atlanta schools—as she is being interviewed by a reporter and concludes that being a regular teenager is nearly as difficult as being a trailblazer for civil rights.

Film Viewings:

The Big March (Newsreel, 1963) and March on Washington (1963) features from the DVD Martin Luther King: ‘I Have a Dream’
10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm

View newsreel footage captured during the March on Washington, the August 28, 1963 political rally, a key moment in the civil rights movement that culminated in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

“I Have a Dream” (1963)
11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm 

Watch the landmark speech delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. as he addressed a crowd of more than 200,000 in Washington, D.C.

Ongoing Activities:

  • Make protest buttons and signs
  • Create inspiring resistance poetry
  • And more