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You're Invited: National Trust President on Diversifying the Preservation Movement

In 2011, the Sweet Auburn commercial district was named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s List of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places. Subsequently, the Sweet Auburn Historic District was also designated by the Trust as a National Treasure in recognition of the neighborhood’s reflection of the history, heritage and achievements of Atlanta's African Americans.

These events sparked the creation of Sweet Auburn Works. Sweet Auburn Works (SAW) has based its revitalization efforts on the National Main Street Center model for commercial district revitalization. Main Street© is a subsidiary of the Trust and has a proven track record of community investment, job creation and economic impact.

The National Trust and Main Street have been true partners to Sweet Auburn Works in our efforts to revitalize the district. Thanks to this collaboration and in recognition of our momentum, we are very pleased to help present the following important presentation in conjunction with the National Main Street Conference occurring in Atlanta March 30 through April 1.

Stephanie K. Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will be speaking at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta. Her speech, entitled "A More Perfect Union: Towards a More Inclusive History, and a Preservation Movement that Looks like America," will serve as a rallying call to honor Dr. King's legacy by increasing the diversity of the historic places we choose to save.

From his weekly sermons to his most celebrated speeches, Dr. King worked hard to fashion a more inclusive narrative for America, one that recognized the contributions of men and women of all races and creeds. But 47 years after his death, we still have not fully attained that more inclusive history he strove for. Too many voices are not being heard. Too many important stories from our past are being overlooked.

Join us at the King Center on March 30 at noon for remarks on the challenges and opportunities related to saving places that represent the full range of the American experience. The Martin Luther King Jr. Center is located at 449 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30312.

Please RSVP by clicking here to reserve your free ticket. Space is limited.

About Sweet Auburn Works

Sweet Auburn Works, Inc. is the community-based economic development organization that is leading and guiding revitalization efforts in Sweet Auburn. SAW is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and is comprised of community stakeholders working together for the preservation-based revitalization of Sweet Auburn. Financial assistance for Sweet Auburn Works comes from membership dues from businesses and individuals who have an interest in the future of our community.