King Sr., later known as “Daddy King,” was born in the city in 1897 and attended Stockbridge Colored School, according to the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.
“We had no books, no materials to write with, and no blackboard, but I loved going,” the institute said King wrote of his early life. King died in 1984.
His civil rights work included leading the Atlanta Civic and Political League and NAACP, advocated for better pay for black teachers and pushed clergy to get behind voter registration drives.
"Daddy King was a civil and human rights activist long before his son, Martin Luther King Jr., was even born," Harris-Braggs said. "It was Daddy King who, through his early activism, influenced King Jr. to dedicate his life to the fight for social justice. Stockbridge is where the seeds for the great King legacy were sowed."