Despite what it may look like, we did more than eat our way through Atlanta. Not to say we didn’t try but Atlanta has much more to offer than just good eats. Like many of the cities in the South Atlanta played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s and continues to influence the psyche of our nation-who we are as a country. In all honesty if not for my kids going to college in the South I’m not sure I would ever have travelled and explored this part of our country. For my own selfish reasons I am glad they did.

First stop the Jimmy Carter Library.  Amazingly this is the first Presidential Library we have ever visited.  The grounds are peaceful and of course the center itself is a highlight reel for President Carter, yes, a one term president, but there is no denying he tried to govern with compassion, humility and thoughtfulness.  He continues to this day to champion human rights and peace.

Our history lesson continued with visits to The Martin Luther King Museum and The 16th Ebenezer Baptist Church.  I was too young to understand what was going on and living in California we were removed from the epicenter of the movement.

Next stop Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium (#1 aquarium in the US, according to them), World of Coca Cola and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights.  All within walking distance.

Where else can you revel in Olympic history

try EVERY FLAVOR OF COKE in the world

and imagine what it was like to sit at a diner counter 60 years ago as a black man-traumatizing and so powerful.

Visit Atlanta…OMG this is going to be a three parter..more on this amazing city to come.

 

 

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