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Top six cities for Martin Luther King history

No other name is so closely linked to the Civil Rights movement. A Civil Rights traveler can visit the most important Civil Rights sites just by touring the cities where Dr. King lived and made history.

Montgomery, Alabama

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A small museum preserves the house where Dr. Martin Luther King lived during the Montgomery bus boycott.

Martin Luther King was the senior pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church (now Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church) during a key moment of Civil Rights history, the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. It was sparked by the arrest of Rosa Parks, a 43-year-old seamstress, who refused to give up her seat to a white man, as required by the era's Jim Crow laws.

As a relatively new resident, King became the spokesman for the protest, and a symbol. He received dozens of threatening calls a day, and his home, the church's parsonage, was firebombed.

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Montgomery travel info
Download a free MP3 Civil Rights walking tour and map here

Alabama state travel info

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Lodging can be tight here during special events and when the Alabama legislature's in session.

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa It's one of the city's newest, busiest and biggest hotels, and most comfortable. Near the riverfront park and convention center. 201 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, 334/481-5000. TripAdvisor average rate: $174

Red Bluff Cottage Bed and Breakfast For real Southern hospitality, try something homier. This four bedroom B&B features antiques and wireless Internet. 551 Clay Street, Montgomery, 334/264-0056. Rates from: $110


Chris' Hotdog

Why come to Alabama for hotdogs? Because there's a rich tradition of Southern hotdog joints. This classic diner has served up delicious redhots, fries and burgers for nearly a century.  138 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, 334/265-6850.

City Grill

Look for lobbyists wining and dining legislators at this Montgomery institution. The oyster salad is classic. 8147 Vaughn Road, 334/244-0960.


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Alabama's Civil Rights Trail: An Illustrated Guide To The Cradle Of Freedom, by Frye Gaillard with an introduction by Juan Williams, (University of Alabama Press, 2010) A brand-new book by a Civil Rights historian and gifted journalist. A guide to scores of sites, with moving interviews with the actual foot soldiers from the movement.

Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Award-winning children's book puts readers in the midst of a volatile and uplifting time. This compelling and poignant volume, illustrated with arresting black-and-white photographs from the period, is an essential addition to the Civil Rights canon.

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