In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the CommUNITY Education Program sponsored a program to his birthplace. I heard of this program a few years ago but never got around to signing up but not this year! I just knew I couldn't leave Indiana University without trying especially since I've never been to Atlanta. It's hard to believe for only $25 you get a weekend out of town and access to great historical sites. For the last six years CUE has traveled to honor his legacy but the program this year was a trip to Atlanta, Georgia to see Dr. King's historical sites. Along with 50 other students, we set out on a nine-hour bus ride to the great state of Georgia.
We left Indiana University on January 14, to arrive in Atlanta on January 15. Immediately upon arrival we went to our first historical site, which was the Herndon Home. There we toured the home of Atlanta's first black millionaire. Also that weekend we would tour Morehouse College, Dr. King's birthplace, The King Center, and Ebenezer Baptist Church. Out of all the places, the most enjoyable was the APEX museum. It was a hands on museum that told the story of black history through the eyes of the black people. The displays and exhibits were quite impressive. There were artistic replicas of how slaves were transported on ships to a life-like exhibit of a slave auction. The weekend ended with a Sunday church service at the church Dr. King preached at, Ebenezer Baptist Church. It was a southern style sermon with plenty of hymns.
The trip made you really remember and think about how far we've come. Dr. King made a way for so many groups and opportunities. Not only did he want equality for Black Americans but also many other groups that are underrepresented. It was a weekend of reflecting on the past to continue to contribute by remembering road we started on.