Atlanta- He's a hero celebrated around the world, and a national treasure here in the United States. But for Atlanta, he's also a native son. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was celebrated Monday at the King Historic Site in Atlanta with a traditional service at his old church and a parade down Auburn Avenue.
"It feels great to know I'm in the heart of where everything started from," Kimberly Beskin said. "It's a great heartfelt spirit down here in Atlanta; everyone is out recognizing who [King] was and thinking back on what he's done and what it meant to him."
In the very sanctuary where King preached at old Ebenezer Baptist Church, a large screen was set up to show the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Soon the voice of the country's first black president was echoing off the same walls where the dream began.
"Seriously, I almost started crying," said Jo Claire Mitchell of Smyrna. "My kids are living in a different world, and that's really cool."