Our Partners

Collaborative partnerships are one of the primary ways that the King Center serves its mission. As the official “living memorial” to Dr. and Mrs. King, we work together with a number of agencies and organizations to preserve their legacy for future generations, as well as with those who are continuing their efforts today. We are firmly committed to carrying the banner of nonviolence and justice into the 21st century, and we believe that, in concert with others, we can have positive impact on the pressing issues of our time. Take a look below to learn more on a few of our current partnerships, and if you’re interested in exploring future collaboration, please contact us by emailing programs@thekingcenter.org.

The National Park Service

Along with The King Center and Ebenezer Baptist Church, the National Park Service (NPS) is one of three entities that serve the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. NPS serves as the District’s lead entity when it comes to tours and historic interpretation, which it carries out by operating Dr. King’s birth home, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the Historic Site’s Visitors Center which offers exhibits and films on the life, work and times of Dr. and Mrs. King. For more information visit their website at www.nps.gov/malu/

Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church

Ebenezer Baptist Church was founded in 1886 during the Reconstruction Era in the South. In 1960 the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. joined his father as co-pastor of Ebenezer, a position that he held during the height of the civil rights movement until his death in 1968. Today Ebenezer is still one of Atlanta’s most vibrant congregations. Services now take place in Horizon Sanctuary, a new facility across the street from the historic Heritage Sanctuary, which recently completed a four-year renovation project and is now fully restored to its 1960’s form, and is again open to visitors. For more information about the congregation today please visit www.historicebenezer.org, or to find out about visiting the Historic Church, please consult the National Parks Service at www.nps.gov/malu/

Morehouse College MLK Collection

Through the efforts of a group of prominent Atlantans, this 10,000-piece collection of handwritten notes and unpublished sermons of Martin Luther King Jr. is housed at Morehouse College, Dr. King’s alma mater. Check their website for up-to-date information regarding this historic project at www.morehouse.edu/kingcollection

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. The King Center and the CDC have collaborated in an ongoing manner for the past several years, working together on initiatives like Health & Wellness Forums and violence-prevention workshops for youth. Learn more about this partnership!

Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is an American civil rights organization that played a central leadership role in the American Civil Rights Movement. The best-known member of the SCLC was Dr. Martin Luther King, who led the organization until his assassination on April 4, 1968. Other prominent members have included Joseph Lowery, Ralph Abernathy, Ella Baker, Jesse Jackson, C.T. Vivian, Walter E. Fauntroy, Dorothy Cotton, Hosea Williams, Maya Angelou, Andrew Young, and Martin Luther King III. Call (404) 522-1420 for more information.

Auburn Avenue Research Library

Located at the west end of the Sweet Auburn historic district, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History is a special library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (A-FPLS). It is the first public library in the Southeast to offer specialized reference and archival collections dedicated to the study and research of African American culture and history and of other peoples of African descent. For more information on hours of operation and current exhibits, the library may be contacted at (404) 730-4001.

MLK Natatorium

Located just around the corner from the Martin Luther King Memorial, this year round natatorium offers an indoor swimming pool, aqua aerobic course and a gym. Free parking is available behind the new Ebenezer Baptist Church, next door. You can reach the facility from downtown Atlanta by the #3 bus (contact MARTA for details). For more information, call (404) 658-7330.

Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. CNCS is also the primary driver of the King Day of Service on a national level, which the King Center supports by orchestrating a variety of activities in Atlanta and providing accurate information on Dr. King’s life and work.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University

In 2005, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute was created to provide an institutional home for a broad range of activities illuminating the Nobel Peace laureate’s life and the movements he inspired. The Institute’s endowment supports programs that serve as an enduring link between Stanford’s research resources and King’s dream of global peace with social justice. One of the Institute’s primary efforts is the King Papers Project, which produces a comprehensive multi-volume collection of King’s most important correspondence, sermons, publications, speeches, unpublished manuscripts, and other material and makes its significant research efforts available online and in popular books and audios.