If as a Black professional, you ever want to learn a thing or two about the Black culture and how it has evolved in America, then you should pack your bags for Atlanta right away. Once in Atlanta, here are six must-see places that will help you understand all of Atlanta's contributions to the Black history.
1. Herndon Home
If you're ever in need of a proof that any human can overcome different manners of strife and hate to realize the great American dream, irrespective of race, color or even background, then you should go to this historic house owned by the first Black millionaire in Atlanta.
Alonzo Herndon lived his life in the 1850's; at a time when blacks were facing the greatest persecution. He was specifically born in the year 1858, into slavery on a plantation located at about 40 miles to the east of the city. He lived most part of his childhood toiling in sharecropper fields but moved to Atlanta in his late boyhood. He moved with meager means and real energy, the only resources he needed to overcome his biggest threats. He established a chain of barbers shops that took care of men of influence in the state. With time, he used the connection he had gained to venture into banking and insurance. Of course, that was where his fortune started. In 1910, he used part of his fortune to have black craftsmen construct an opulent two-story mansion in the city's center.
Today, many Black professionals go there from all around the world to draw inspiration from what a fellow black could do at a time when it wasn't even comfortable.
2. MLK, Jr. Birth Home
You'd be missing a lot if, after your vacation in Atlanta, you do not visit this place located at 501 Auburn Ave. , Atlanta. Yes, you guessed rightly; it is the tiny house where Martin Luther King Jr. Was born, but it certainly is the biggest highlight of the leader's historic sites in Atlanta. In here, time stands still and aspiring professionals are reminded that the Dreamer who died very young had his time outside limelight as a child too before becoming a national figure. Knowing that the hero of most Black people in America and beyond once lived in a tiny house as this one will spur anybody to think higher and aspire more to hit the top of their career, knowing that nothing on the present can stop them from getting to their dreams too.
During a guided tour around the famous home, you'll get to see the quaint, antiquated kitchen that hosted all the preparation of the king family meals. You'll also get to see a parlor that's best described as immaculate where family guests were received. There's also the formal dining room where meals were prayed over and eaten. Overall, your visit should show you that King lived a normal childhood, but grew to become a special figure because of dedication and hard work.
3. Oakland Cemetery
A tour for any Black professional in Atlanta may not be over without a stopover at the Oakland Cemetery. Located at 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta, there's no doubt that this is the most prominent graveyard in Atlanta. Here, Augusta Ga. slave-owner George Walton - a signer of America's Independence declaration share separate but equal spaces with the descendants of forced laborers. In 1853, the first slave child got laid to rest in the now famous burial ground and since then, a large portion of the complex has lived with different name changes from "Slave Square" which was its first name to "Potter's Field" and now "African-American section". This place particularly holds a lot of importance for Blacks considering that the manner of death experienced by most of the people entombed there is unspeakable. Guides will point you towards plots that will revive the spirit of most of Atlanta's first and respected preachers, doctors, artists, entrepreneurs, and politicians.
4. The Atlanta University Center
This location has had a lot of importance for the Black race since the civil war ended. Popularly referred to as Black centers for higher education, this place has produced far more influence over American Politics, culture and theology can tell. Spelman College, Clark Atlanta, Morris Brown and Morehouse College boasts of an amazing alumni roaster that includes some of the highest Black achievers in sports (Edwin Mose); writing ( Alice Walker); politics (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ; and theatre arts ( Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson). A trip to this place will give any Black professional improved motivation to move on towards being the best.
5. Atlanta Civil Rights Museum
Since its first year of existence, this attraction point has been a recipient of worldwide accolades. It is a state-of-the-art representation of a huge victory over discrimination. Here, you'll come face to face with a wide spectrum of interactive exhibits representing the numerous protest marches and counter sit-ins that happened during the Civil Rights Movement.
There are also video steam booths where you will be shown common international causes formed against violence. A visit would spark interest in anybody regarding causes and victories that advance peace and understanding internationally.
There are a whole lot to see and a lot of places to go to when on tour to Atlanta. As a Black professional, you'll love the sight and knowledge you'll get from any of the above places. Get your motivation going by packing your bags for a tour to Atlanta and you'll not regret you ever did.
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