We last visited Atlanta in the fall of 2013 when Elaine and I were on a tour of Civil Rights sites. At that time, due to a government shut-down (grrr), most of the Martin Luther King National Historic Site was closed. Today we chose to return. We especially wanted to see MLK’s birth home and the old Ebenezer Baptist Church where both he and his father had served as pastor.
We spent the morning touring these sites, and all the memories from that fall 2013 sabbatical trip and blogging project came flooding back. Back then I deduced that MLK had come from a fairly well-to-do family, and those initial impressions were confirmed by our tour guide for the family home. I was particularly impressed to see that the neighborhood of the home included affluent as well as working-class homes. Unlike today’s neighborhoods, MLK’s childhood neighborhood gave him an economically diverse experience. Sometimes I think the divisions within our society today are much more economic than racial.
We have 2 members of our party who are in the medical profession, so for the afternoon we headed off to explore the museum at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Wow, what a fascinating stop that was! We learned a ton about the Ebola outbreak of 2014 and the CDC’s response to it. Then we could have learned a ton about just about every infectious disease known to man … if we had had unlimited time to explore. We wore ourselves out and still didn’t uncover all that they had to offer.
One of the coolest things there were two different artistic renderings of microbes. One was just 3-D large models of dozens of different germs. It was in a stairwell.
The other was a rendering of a couple of different types of microbes being dispersed. This was on a wall.
After this we learned about typical rush-hour Atlanta traffic as we made our way to our hosts’ home in Rome, GA.