Atlanta, GA

Trip Start Mar 02, 2009
Trip End Aug 05, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Georgia
Friday, May 1, 2009

Birthplace of Martin Luther King, unofficial capital of the south, host of the 1996 Olympics, and home to the world's largest aquarium and busiest airport. We'd need much more than the short time we had to get around everything here, but did manage to see a couple of gems.

Most of the first day was spent wondering around the aquarium, a very impressive building, with a underwater tunnel that allows you to stare in awe as whale sharks and other massive fish swim overhead.

Got up bright and early the next morning and walked out to the Sweet Auburn neighbourhood to see some of the Martin Luther King sights. The collection of landmarks include his baptist church, and the MLK Center for Nonviolent Social Change. The centre chronicles the civil rights movement in the US, from Rosa Park's act of defiance in refusing to relinquish her bus seat to a white person, to King's organisation and leadership of the movement. The display also deals with the deep inspiration King derived from Gandhi.

King's final resting place is on a small island surrounded by a reflecting pool. One of the buildings close by contains his suitcase, open, but still packed as it was on the day of his assassination. We spend many hours in Sweet Auburn, and were glad to see such a fitting tribute to this truly inspiring man.
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