Restored Martin Luther King Church Reopening in Atlanta


By: Errin Haines, Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP).- The voice of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. again filled the halls of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a pipe organ triumphantly announced the reopening of the sacred sanctuary regarded as the birthplace of the civil rights icon’s vision of justice, equality and a nonviolent society. The King family was joined by members of the civil rights movement and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in celebrating the reopening of Ebenezer, called the cornerstone of King’s legacy. Salazar said the church is “hallowed ground for a nation still very much in progress.” “To be here this afternoon is to feel that history and remember out personal connection,” Salazar told the crowd gathered in the building, which was closed to visitors in 2007. Ebenezer’s Heritage Sanctuary has been restored