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.