The Center for Civil and Human Rights will officially open to the public on June 23. It aims to bridge America’s history of Civil Rights with the worldwide movement for Human Rights. The Center will share stories of individuals from the civil and human rights movements. Visitors are encouraged to experience The Center through light, sound, images and the written word, all designed to stimulate thought provoking dialogue.
“The Center uniquely and boldly connects historic freedom movements and iconic individuals, as well as everyday people, with the human rights issues of the present, thus sparking ongoing dialogue around the possibilities of the future,” said Doug Shipman, CEO of The Center. “When we connect to others and to their circumstances, that emotional connection often compels us to lend our support, to take action even though we may never know or meet those who are affected, as evidenced by the courageous stories of many individuals featured in the exhibits. The Center draws on that innate characteristic of our humanity to inspire and empower visitors to help create a better world for us all,” continued Shipman.
The Center is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. Featured exhibitions are “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection;” “Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement;” “Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement;” and “John Lewis Series” by Georgia artist Benny Andrews.