The site that I had to visit for my second Built Environment Description (BED) was the astonishing Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center) that is located on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta Georgia. The king center is the historical cite about Martin Luther King which was established in 1968 by his dear and lovely wife Mrs. Coretta Scott King due to paying respects to his long-lasting legacy. It is open to the public seven days a week from the hours of 9am- 5pm. From the two hours that I spent at this beneficial and educational site I have learned and noticed many different things about this space. There are many detailed descriptions of this space but I tend to have focused on the people in the space and the astonishing educational facts with their artwork to help paint the overall picture about Martin Luther King and others within The Kings Center.
When describing The Kings Center’s (people in this space), there is a lot to note. The stereotype that most people say would be seen in this space is of course a mass majority of people of African American decent. With this being stated, it is interesting to note that based on my observations of this space this stereotype can be proven false. Surprisingly there are a lot of people who come and visit all throughout the time frame of 9am to 5pm (The Kings Center hours) from almost all different nationalities. There was a substantial huge wide spread of diversity between the people who come to visit this space. From my time, there I noticed and seen almost every nationality from just my two hours there. I saw African Americans, Caucasians, Asians, Hispanics, and a lot more of different nationalities at the King Center. In this space, you are also able to note the large number of tourists and groups that come there. During my time there I noticed about 7 large groups of kids on school field trips and some everyday tourists with pens and notebooks. With the kids in groups, I noticed they had different scavenger hunts that their teachers plan for them in the Kings Center that required them to go different places. As for the tourist, they each had leaders or tour guide leaders that described to them the astonishing facts about The King Center. Surprisingly, I got the opportunity to speak with one of the employees/ security guards there about the space. The security guard that talked me, name was Stephen and he has been a security guard at the King Center for 3 years. I asked him about the people that he sees that comes into the King Center and he stated,” A large variety of different people of different nationalities enter the space every day.”
When visiting, the Kings Center it is easy to note that this is a place/space that will be about the late great Martin Luther King, his family, and his movement in general. The King Center is a two-story building that applies a great amount of facts and information about him and his contribution/legacy, as well as some other knowledge about Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks and a lot of other African American during the American Civil Rights Movement. There is information about Martin’s and Coretta’s life before they knew of each other. It also contributed to show different amounts of art work that portrayed to different meanings. The king Center was a beautiful place of tying American history with art archives. For instance, there was a piece that had two hands with chains that were broken around them which symbolized Martin Luther King’s freedom speech. Not only that but this space also includes majority of all the awards that were won by the couple and different proclamations and laws that were signed because of their achievements. With this being stated, there was also artwork of his medals and achievements that helped visualize and understand the information a lot clearer. Also at this space there is Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott grave stock that is surrounded by beautiful clear blue water.
The King Center taught me a lot about built environment descriptions such as the people in the space and the amount of information there. The people there in this space range from all types of nationalities and the amount of information there has beautiful artwork there to resemble the facts.
Image one: Awards won by the couple Image two: The freedom hands