1968 – Founding a Movement

Announcement Date: May 19, 1968

The spring of 1968 was a time of strife and change for the United States especially for Atlanta. The death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his funeral here in Atlanta were two extraordinarily emotional events that deeply impacted the community. During the funeral, Central Presbyterian Church, across from the Georgia State Capitol, opened its doors to serve thousands of visitors with housing and meals. This act of hospitality in a time of grief and crisis created pause within the congregation. Church members felt that now was the time for institutions to work to address the needs of the poor and live out Dr. King’s vision. Just two months later, on June 12, 1968, Literacy Action was a product of that congregation’s reflections.