Hundreds of people lined the sidewalk outside 501 Auburn Avenue to get a glimpse of where it all began.
Before the bus boycott in Montgomery and the sit-ins in Birmingham.
Before the March on Washington and “Bloody Sunday” in Selma.
Before that horrific day on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.
It was here in Atlanta, in a second story bedroom at 501 Auburn Avenue, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. To take a 360 degree video tour, click here.
Today, on what would have been Dr. King’s 89th birthday, we went to the King Center and asked, “What’s your untold story about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?”
Here are some of the revealing responses:
“I come bring my granddaughter down here every year. She bugs me [to do it] because she says it’s a tradition. So we come out, walk around, and read so they can get a glimpse of the history we had to go through. I didn’t want to come today because it was cold, but she called and said, ‘This is tradition, Poppy.’ So we go.” --Charles Haynes, Atlanta
“I was 14 years old when he was killed. I was still back in Jamaica. I knew his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech word for word. I could actually recite it. I saw what he died for and fought for. And I ended up getting the Martin Luther King scholarship to attend college in Long Island, NY. [Today] I was just at the King Center, and I started crying. And my son asked, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘You have no idea how his life has impacted me.’” --Judith Barnes, Lithonia
“In third grade, we had a very specific curriculum that was catered towards learning about his movement. I’ve been lucky to live in really racially diverse cities in my life. Even though we have a very long way to go, I think about him a lot because I realize how far we have come.” --David Solomon, Washington, DC
“I am from Nicaragua, so to be down in those Central American countries and hearing about racism and discrimination , it was something that stayed registered in our mind all along... He wasn't just fighting for black people in America, but for Central and South America as well." --Herman Narcisso, Lawrenceville
"[Dr. King] saw a vision that he never thought would come true. But it did come true, because we can stand here and talk to each other today. The face that Ashton can now play with his friends that aren't black--that he can say he has white friends and Hispanic friends and they can come over and have playtime. [Ashton] wouldn't know what was going on then, but he know's it's not going on now."