"All men and women are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.”
The Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC) is a nonprofit community development corporation whose mission is to facilitate the preservation, revitalization and non-displacement of residents in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic District.
The Historic District lies within the Old Fourth Ward which was settled in the early 19th century by whites and free blacks. Residents came from all walks of life from physicians to Pullman porters, maids to ministers, contractors to cooks. One of the oldest neighborhoods in the City of Atlanta, its historic significance is greatly enhanced by the fact that Dr. King was born, lived and preached here. Dr. King’s family lived on Auburn Avenue until 194l and continued to live in the neighborhood until 1948. Dr. King returned to Atlanta in 1960 and served as co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, with his father MLK, Sr., until his untimely death in 1968.