ATLANTA – A new exhibit that highlights the peacemaking accomplishments of Georgia’s two great leaders of change, President Jimmy Carter and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be unveiled on April 18 by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, along with members of the Carter and King families.
The dynamic exhibit entitled “Georgia’s Global Peacemakers: The Carter and King Legacy” will be featured in the D.R.E.A.M. Gallery at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site for one-year. It depicts the close bond between the Carter and King families through the years, and tells the story of the creation of the national historic site.
“The leadership and vision for justice and equality of these men of conviction continues to improve the lives of people all over the world,” said Superintendent Judy Forte. “It’s our hope that this exhibit will inspire the next generation of global peacemakers.”
The public is invited to a free opening ceremony on Monday, April 18, 11:00 to 11:30 am. It will be attended by family members of President Carter and the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as a group of local 4th grade students engaged in President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative.
The National Park Service partnered with the Carter Presidential Library and Museum and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, best known as The King Center, to create this new exhibit, which reflects on the shared legacy of President Jimmy Carter and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Remarks will be given by Director Jarvis, Dr. King’s eldest son, Martin L. King III, Dr. King’s granddaughter, Yolanda Renee King, and President Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter. Director Jarvis will distribute Every Kid in a Park passes to the 4th graders in attendance, encouraging them and their families to visit their public lands and become stewards of national parks, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.
Photo: Jimmy Carter with Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King, Sr., the Morehouse College Glee Club and other civil rights leaders for a White House reception in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. (National Archives).