June 28, 2022 | Main Spotlight: Community Preservation in the Modern South | By: Lisa Fareed, Stockbridge Main Street Program Coordinator, and Kira Harris-Braggs, Stockbridge Main Street Program Manager |
The other Martin Luther King
Today, the little-known story of Martin Luther King Jr’s father is being explored in a small town in Georgia. Before they became public figures, the Kings lived in the small rural township of Stockbridge, twenty miles south of Atlanta. That is where Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., sometimes known as Daddy King, preached his first sermon at about age fourteen. His son, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK), became one of the most celebrated figures of the Civil Rights movement. Their legacy is honored around the Atlanta area, including Stockbridge.