The house is a two-story Queen Anne style home. It has a one-story partial front and side porch. There is a scroll cut woodwork trim, a shingled gable end, two porthole windows, and a side bay. The porch is on an enclosed brick foundation. After the Kings departed the house in 1941, the home was divided for several years into two rental units. The house has since been restored to its original plan and is now a popular tourist location. The home lies in the Sweet Auburn Historic District in Atlanta, Georgia. The district is known as one of the biggest concentration points for African American businesses along with having significant historic value. Through the years, the area had developed the rise of the black middle and upper classes despite the tensions going on that occurred during the Civil Rights era. Today, Martin Luther King Jr.'s home is a part of the Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site. A landmark which is marked as a national historical site.
Martin Luther King Jr. led the well-known successful 381- day Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56. He was elected president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957 and was a co-pastor with his father at the Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was an influential preacher and spokesman during the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King's speeches and protests were essential and the foundations of the Civil Rights Movement to achieve equality through non-violent actions. His methods paved the way to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned public segregation and hiring discrimination in schools, public transportation, and other public activities. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed as well, which forbade voter discrimination and allowed all to vote without limitations or having to take a documented exam. Martin Luther King was arrested around 30 times throughout his life for his participation in the Civil Rights Movement as he gave many speeches including his famous 'I Have a Dream speech on the March to Washington.