A building that commemorates the past and looks to the future.

The concept, a LEED certified, sustainable building featuring a central hub of action cradled between two architectural walls representing hands is an update to the winning design by architects Freelon and HOK from the 2008 design competition.  The design update allows the project to be built in phases. 

The space will feature a civil rights gallery, a human rights gallery, and flexible spaces for events, field trips, broadcasts, public gatherings and a retail space designed by the award winning, cross-disciplinary architecture and design firm Rockwell Group.  Permanent exhibitions will include The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Collection. Other installations and experiences will change frequently, addressing the human rights issues in the headlines.

“The design is inspired by the linkages that empower individuals and groups of seemingly divergent interests to find common ground." 

Phil Freelon, Center's Design Architect