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King was born on January 15, 1929 at 501 Auburn Ave., on the second floor of the Queen Anne-style house owned by his grandfather A.D. Williams. Down the street, Williams -- and later King's father, Martin Luther King Sr., and King himself -- pastored at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Today, "Sweet Auburn" -- the prosperous black neighborhood that was home to King and his parents, grandparents, brother and sister -- lies largely within a national historic site and a preservation district, a reminder of Atlanta's role in pushing a tide of change in America.

Ebenezer Baptist church: IPIX view from outside the church

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