Convention: City of peace

Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta.

Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June.

Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world.

A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site (above), where you can visit King’s childhood home and Ebenezer Baptist Church. The church, where King was baptized and where he became pastor, looks just as it did in the 1960s.

Another Nobel Peace Prize winner, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, continues his fight for human rights at the Carter Center, on Atlanta’s Freedom Parkway. Visitors can stop by the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, which features memorabilia from his presidency.

Rotary will host a Presidential Peace Conference from 9 to 10 June to celebrate our successes and look for opportunities to continue our commitment to peace. To register, visit

Register for the convention by 15 December for the best rate. Go to

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