Discussion to recount MLK’s return to Atlanta after winning Nobel Peace Prize

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A new exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site on the Nobel Peace Prize won in 1964 by MLK includes this panel showing King and other finalists. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM
A new exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site on the Nobel Peace Prize won in 1964 by MLK includes this panel showing King and other finalists. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

A new exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site on the Nobel Peace Prize won in 1964 by MLK includes this panel showing King and other finalists. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

The Civil Rights Act had been enacted only a few months before Martin Luther King Jr. was announced as the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner. A small group of Atlanta leaders decided to host an honorary dinner in King’s behalf at the now long-gone Dinkler Plaza Hotel.

On Jan. 27, 50 years to the date of this historic event, the Atlanta History Center will host a 7:30 p.m. panel discussion with dinner supporters-attendees Billye Aaron, Sam Massell and Janice Rothschild Blumberg. They will be joined by former Mayor Andrew Young and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hank Klibanoff to discuss the dinner, and divides in Atlanta that were addressed in its lead-up.

130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. Free but reservations advised: via 404-814-4150, atlantahistorycenter.com.


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