Today is the U.S. holiday marking the birthday of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and travelers passing through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) might want to spend a few minutes with the airport’s art exhibit honoring the slain civil rights leader.
The display is on Concourse E and has been at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport since the mid-1980’s. Included are images of the Montgomery bus boycott and fire hosing of demonstrators, family photos from the King family, and some special artifacts, including:
- The actual permit from Dr. King’s March on Washington;
- A rare image of the King family at home having dinner with a picture of Gandhi hanging over the doorway; along with Dr. King’s copy of “The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi,” edited by Pitirim H. Sorokin;
- The suit that Dr. King wore to his meeting with President Lyndon B. Johnson;
- One of the robes Dr. King preached in;
- Dr. King’s wristwatch, glasses and the transistor radio he took to marches and rallies to listen to news; and
- A photo of President Ronald Reagan with Mrs. King declaring MLK day as a national holiday.
All artifacts and photos are from the King Center, and if you can’t visit the exhibit -Legacy of a Dream…Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – in person at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, you can see a video of it here.