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Pay Homage to Martin Luther King Jr. on These Top Tours

Dive deep into the legacy of one of the US’s greatest freedom fighters.

The memorial to the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. in West Potomac Park.
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Baptist minister, spokesperson for Black liberation, and advocate for civil disobedience, Martin Luther King Jr. was one of America’s most notable and influential leaders. A key player in the Montgomery bus boycott, the March on Washington, and the Birmingham, Alabama, protests, King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.

Celebrated annually on the third Monday in January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day pays homage to the man who pushed for desegregation, suffrage, and civil rights for Black people across the US. Here are eight tours on which you can learn about his remarkable life and honor his lasting legacy.

3. See a different side to musical Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee, was the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination on April 4, 1968. Although most often associated with soul, rock ‘n’ roll, and many other musical genres, Memphis remains a key location for those interested in both King and the civil rights movement. On this tour, expect to visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel (where King was shot), and more.

5. Explore the legacy of civil rights history in Birmingham, Alabama

Long linked to the fight for civil rights, Birmingham, Alabama, is also the place where King was jailed for his role in the city’s 1963 protests. (And it was there that he wrote his famed “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”) Tour the city with a guide to learn more about significant landmarks and attractions than you could alone, such as the Bethel Baptist Church.

8. Get to grips with Montgomery, Alabama, and its role in civil rights history

Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t the only key figure in the civil rights movement. In Montgomery, Alabama, learn more about King, as well as Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, on a private tour of the city, which includes stops at places such as the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and the Alabama State Capitol.

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