Celebrate African American History in Atlanta
There are so many ways to learn about the heritage and contributions of African Americans in Atlanta. Make sure to also check out places to road trip to learn about black history.
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This free, 75-minute guided tour explores the lives and accomplishments of outstanding and ordinary African Americans in Atlanta. Feb. 26.
Tour Gwinnett’s rich African American historic landmarks, including the Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Elisha Winn House and more. Feb. 26.
Follow the legacy of Toni Stone, the first woman to play baseball in the Negro Leagues. Through Feb. 27.
This month-long celebration honors African American culture and heritage in the Roswell community. Through Feb. 28.
Learn about Black history with hands-on activities highlighting engineers, mathematicians and scientists, collage art and storytimes. Through Feb. 28.
See the remarkable portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama, on loan from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Through March 20.
This performance from Alliance Theatre was inspired by the book “Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down” and celebrates the power of youth to change history. Through May 31.
This National Park Service site includes Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth home, church and tomb, with opportunities to learn more about his life and legacy with a self-guided tour. All buildings are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 safety precautions.
This museum’s mission is to interpret and present history from an African American perspective with artifacts spanning from “Africa the Untold Story” to “Sweet Auburn Street Pride” and more. They are currently open on Tues.-Sat. from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Learn about the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. with the “Rolls Down Like Water: U.S. Civil Rights Movement” exhibition exploring the era of Jim Crow segregation to the assassination of Dr. King. See displays from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection with the “Voice to the Voiceless” gallery. You can also take an interactive virtual tour. Reservation required.
With “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith,” view how citizens have helped the country move forward during struggles through multimedia experiences, design and artifacts. They also offer online exhibitions, including “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow.” Reservation required.
“The Southern Co. HBCU” exhibit features historical artifacts and interactive videos to tell stories of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The exhibit includes information on marching bands, historic rivalries, players, coaches and more.
Established by Coretta Scott King in 1968, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change preserves Dr. King’s legacy. View the crypt of Dr. and Mrs. King’s, constructed from Georgia marble, and see the Eternal Flame symbolizing the continued effort to realize Dr. King’s dream.
Go on a self-guided tour of this National Historic Landmark, which includes some of the country’s major higher education institutions for African Americans, such as Atlanta University, Clark and Morehouse.
Built in 1923, this was the first school in northwest Georgia constructed with Rosenwald funds for the education of Black children. The site is now a Black history museum and cultural center.
In 1950, when the Allatoona Dam was completed in Cartersville, Governor Talmadge established the nearby 345-acre George Washington Carver Park, the first “Georgia State Park for Negroes.” Well-known entertainers, including Ray Charles and Little Richard, performed at the park.
Alonzo Franklin Herndon was one of Georgia’s wealthiest African Americans and one of the first black millionaires in the U.S. Completed in 1910, the Herndon Home was the residence of Herndon and his family. Tours are currently postponed, but you can view the outside of the home and learn more about Herndon’s life on their website.
The school began gathering art pieces in 1942, when exhibition opportunities for African American artists were limited due to segregation. Juried exhibitions have presented more than 900 artists from across the country, and related programs teach and stimulate interest in African American art.
Explore this site where many of Athens’ prominent African Americans were laid to rest, starting in 1882.
Founded in 1882 by trustees from the Methodist Episcopal Church South and the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America, this institution was coeducational from the beginning with its goal of educating African American youth.
This school was founded in 1871 as a school for freed slaves and now serves as an African American history museum and community center.
Go on a Road Trip
If you’re interested in traveling and spending more time learning about Black history and the Civil Rights Movement, go on a road trip around Georgia to see significant spots. The National Park Service created a national We Shall Overcome travel itinerary with churches, private residences and public sites of protest that spoke to the history. Check out Georgia’s three spots and learn more at nps.gov/subjects/travelweshallovercome/we-shall-overcome.htm. Explore important destinations and sites in Georgia, along with the history and stories, at civilrightstrail.com/state/georgia.
Listen to chef Asata Reid and culinary historian Akila McConnell’s presentations on DeKalb’s food history before enjoying a prepared meal from Phenomenal Foods. Feb. 10.
This festival showcases African American historical and cultural merchandise, music and food. Feb. 11.
Celebrate culture, creativity and commerce with local performers and artists, Black-owned businesses and food. Feb. 18.
Trickster folktales are told in different cultures throughout the world. Meet Anansi, a folk hero from Ghana, in a shadow puppet short film from the Center for Puppetry Arts. Feb. 19.