News and Events

Upcoming Events 

To learn about upcoming events, view our calendar or check out our Facebook feed:


 November 2017 -
  • Our very own Chef Sonya, of Sweet Auburn Bread Company, was interviewed by November issue of Taste of the South. Click here to read the interview! 
May 2017- 
  •  The National Trust and Heineken USA have teamed up to freshen up our beloved Sweet Auburn Water Tower!

    Donate today & you'll not only restore this historical Atlanta landmark, but you will also have the opportunity to get tickets to see Bruno Mars live in concert!
September 2016 -
  •  A new bike shop/cafe called Cafe + Velo will open soon at 381 Edgewood Ave. Take a look at Sweet Auburn's newest business here.
 August 2016 -
  • Check out Epic Development's plans for Four15 Stacks, a project at the corner of Gartrell, Lucy, and Jackson Streets that will include 24 two and three bedroom townhomes. 
July 2016 -
  • Sweet Auburn has a new neighborhood map featuring historical and cultural landmarks, as well as places to eat, drink, shop, and enjoy. Click here to download the map.
  • Take a look at plans for a late-night restaurant serving Asian street food coming soon to Edgewood Avenue. 
  • Get information here about the first annual Family Day/Culture Fest in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood that took place on July 30, 2016. This was a collaborative effort between the National Black Arts Festival, Sweet Auburn Works and the National Park Service to show off the culture and history of Sweet Auburn. Activities and events included neighborhood tours, storytelling, painting neighborhood landmarks, and musical performances from the Civil Rights era. 
June 2016 -
  • Check out this CBS 46 video featuring Congressman John Lewis about grassroots efforts to put the "Sweet" back into Sweet Auburn through sustainable redevelopment practices.
  • City of Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall speaks with CBS 46 about Sweet Auburn Works and the first annual Sweet Auburn Preserving the Legacy Gala, which took place on June 2, 2016 at the Atlanta History Center. Click here to watch the video.
  • Read this article about the goals of the Sweet Auburn Preserving the Legacy Gala. 
  • Congressman John Lewis was presented the Torchbearer Award at the Preserving the Legacy Gala for being a champion of preservation in the community. Watch the video of the Congressman's acceptance speech and his message about preservation in Sweet Auburn. 
  • A new bike share system has kicked off in Atlanta. There are 100 bikes total at 10 stations around Downtown, including a station at the Auburn Curb Market. Get more information here about this new way to get around the city and upcoming plans to expand the program.
May 2016 -
  •  Article about a group of black professionals in Portland, Oregon who want to reclaim their gentrifying neighborhoods by supporting black-owned business and "socially responsible commercial development." Mtamanika Youngblood, president of Sweet Auburn Works and chair of Atlanta's Historic District Development Corporation, is interviewed and offers her perspective on neighborhood revitalization in Sweet Auburn. Click here to read.
  • Take a look at an article featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution by Gracie Bonds Staples about revitalization efforts in Sweet Auburn throughout the past few decades. 
  • In this Atlanta Daily World article, Mtamanika Youngblood speaks about plans to create a Legacy Center in the neighborhood that will tell the story of Sweet Auburn.
March 2016 -
  • Saporta Report featured a great article about some of our key neighborhood figures, past and present: Madam C. J. Walker and Ricci de Forest. Click to read the story.
  • Room Escape, offering interactive theater productions and team building activities, moves into 314 Auburn Avenue. Check out one of Sweet Auburn's newest businesses.
February 2016 -
  •  Sweet Auburn was featured in a WABE news article, "Experience Black History Month through Atlanta’s Public Art." Read the article to learn about public art in our neighborhood.
  • Auburn Avenue was featured on AJC.com for Black History month: "Auburn Avenue at the heart of Atlanta’s black community"
  • CBS46 News Atlanta WGCL-TV took a look at Sweet Auburn: "Sweet Auburn corridor known as hub during Civil Rights Movement"
January 2016 -  
  • Sweet Auburn was recently featured in a story on CNN: "
    Life returns -- slowly -- to MLK's old neighborhood." 
    Click here to read the article.
  • The Atlanta Streetcar has kicked off its new monthly "Streetcar Experience" program --- and our very own King Historic District Streetcar stop is the featured stop in January. "The Streetcar Experience" highlights a different Streetcar stop each month, offering an inside glimpse into the history and happenings that shape the Downtown neighborhoods along the Streetcar line. Check out this Facebook event to learn more about the attractions that are just a short walk of the Atlanta Streetcar King Historic Site stop 
December 2015 -
  • Derreck Kayongo, a onetime refugee from Uganda, has been named as the new chief executive officer at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Read more about Mr. Kayongo here.
  • The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) has been awarded a $50,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant will be used to develop and place large-scale public artworks in the new park planned for the site of the former Martin Luther King, Jr. Natatorium, adjacent to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National historic site. The project - Freedom Garden - will focus on honoring the legacy of Mrs. Coretta Scott King and other prominent female contributors to the Civil Rights Movement. Read more.
November 2015 -
  • Small Business Saturday was held 11/28/15, and a number of Sweet Auburn businesses participated. WSB-TV interviewed some shop owners and aired the story on Thanksgiving Day. View the clip here.
  • American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are awarding a grant to preserve five houses on same block as Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth home. “The sites we have selected to receive funding reflect the great diversity of the American experience," says Timothy J. McClimon, president, American Express Foundation, "By preserving these sites, we are helping to ensure their legacy and cultural significance for future generations.” Read more in the SaportaReport.
October 2015 -
  • Big Bethel AME Church formally announced their redevelopment plans for their residential tower and adjacent parking lot. The historic church is launching a $130 million-plus redevelopment project in partnership with two Atlanta-based firms: the Benoit Group and Russell New Urban. The project will be built in 4 phases, over 4 years, and will include: rehabilitation of Bethel Towers, a new parking deck, two residential towers and retail. 
  • Listen to Gene Kansas of "Sidewalk Radio" interview Judy Forte, Superintendent of the MLK Jr. National Historic Site
  • WABE explored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in Sweet Auburn & the neighborhood's diversity
September 2015 -
  • On Thursday, September 24th, SAW hosted a Neighborhood Town Hall meeting. We discussed recent activities and what's on the horizon for the Sweet Auburn Historic District. Click here to download the presentation. To view the event announcement, click here.
June 2015-
May 2015 -
  • Gene Kansas of Gene Kansas Commercial Real Estate and Lee Ann Gamble and Ian Fralik of Gamble+Gamble Architects received the Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. The Atlanta Daily World building restoration has been a transformative project for the neighborhood and Sweet Auburn Works is proud to support their work!
  • Nearly 50 individuals attended at the Interagency Bankers Roundtable held May 19 at the Historic Fire House in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood. The event was co-sponsored by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), in an effort to bridge the gap between bankers, developers, and local business owners regarding community development. The event focused on initiatives at various stages of development in the Sweet Auburn - M.L. King Jr. Historic District.
  • The Old Fourth Ward Business Association hosted the Fire in the Fourth on May 2nd, 2015. Paying homage to the historic Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 which devastated the Old Fourth Ward, the festival celebrated its heritage through fire installations, performances, live music, fire rescue musters competitions and more.

April 2015

  • Big Bethel A.M.E. Church hosted the Atlanta North Georgia Annual Conference. Delegations from 100 AME churches visited the neighborhood.

February 2015

  • The Atlanta Streetcar and Revitalization of Sweet Auburn’s “Main Street” were featured in Main Street News by the National Main Street Center.
Sweet Auburn Works.  Preserving the Legacy
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