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The Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative is an effort to inspire Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn and Old Fourth Ward to tap into the strength, wisdom and vision within their own communities to help families build better lives.

Understanding that a community must build hope before it can achieve results, the collaborative aspires to start a movement – a movement not unlike the one that energized this same community five decades ago.

"Moving beyond charity to real change; a movement toward self sufficiency."

Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock

Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. was inspired to become a Baptist preacher by the...  (read more)

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Sweet Auburn Old Fourth Ward

The Historic District and Its Development

The Auburn Avenue area just east of Downtown Atlanta was given the name "Sweet Auburn" by the district's unofficial mayor and community leader John Wesley Dobbs.  This community and a wider surrounding area are also known as the Old Fourth Ward.  

 

Historically, Sweet Auburn was considered to be the Black Wall Street.  It was a haven to many black owned businesses after the race riots of early twentieth century that left Black owned businesses once situated in an integrated metropolis, ravaged by racial tensions and hate crimes.  Black entrepreneurs moved from the downtown Atlanta area to the nearby Auburn Avenue and Bouldevard communities.  While the community thrived for several decades, after integration, both businesses and the community began to suffer because of a lack of investment. 

 

By the mid-1970's the once thriving community experienced an increase in poverty, crime, homelessness, and an influx of drug-related activity.  By 2005, the now named National Historic Landmark was listed among America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.  

 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sweet Auburn and Old Fourth Ward have lower employment rates, lower high school graduation rates, higher poverty rates, and higher percentages of vacant housing than most other communities in Atlanta and the city as a whole.

 

In recent years the city, political, civic and religious leaders have taken to rebuilding the Old Fourth Ward community and tackle some of the disparities that exist in education, financial literacy, foster care, poverty, and health care. The Martin Luther King, Sr. Community Resources Collaborative is one such initiative.

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