Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Laura Douglas-Brown, Communications Consultant
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Tuesday kicks off a busy week of events for the National Center for Civil & Human Rights, but it is just a taste of what is to come when we open in May.
Since 2008, we’ve operated as a “Center Without Walls,” offering programming on a range of civil and human rights issues, many of which will also be included in the exhibits when our Center with walls opens next year.
The range of topics of this week’s events illustrate just a few of the diverse issues the Center can help address — the fight to eliminate hunger in America, the ongoing struggle over voting rights, the continuing impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the ability of art and design to influence and inspire human rights struggles.
Tonight, please join us for “Hungry for Change: America’s Struggle to Eliminate Food Deserts,” the latest installment of CNN Dialogues. Hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the event will explore what can be done to help the 50 million Americans who are “food insecure,” meaning they don’t have enough food to lead healthy, active lives. The conversation is set for 7-8:30 p.m. at Spelman College’s Cosby Auditorium, 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA 30310.
CNN Dialogues is just one of three events the Center is partnering on today as part of our “65 Days of Human Rights” leading up to the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10.
If you have time earlier in the day, join us for “Human Rights 101,” a special training session on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights hosted by the APEX Museum. It’s an excellent opportunity to see how many of our current social issues are fundamental human rights under the UDHR. The workshop is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at APEX Museum, 135 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303.
Also this evening, Emory University’s School of Law hosts "Shelby County, AL v. Holder and the Voting Rights Struggle,” a symposium on recent Supreme Court decision in the case. Guest speakers include federal District Judge Myron Thompson, civil rights attorney Howard Moore Jr. and life-long activist Shirley Sherrod. This event takes place tonight from 6:15-9 p.m. at Emory University School of Law, Tull Auditorium, Gambrell Hall, 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322.
Then on Thursday, we are thrilled to host “Design and Dialogue: A Conversation with World-Renowned Photographer Platon,” a partnership with the W Atlanta-Downtown. Platon has photographed world leaders such as Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Hugo Chavez, and his human rights photography will be featured in the Center. The event includes a reception, discussion and book signing; you can RSVP online here
. “Design and Dialogue” takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. at the W Atlanta-Downtown, 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30308.
The Center was founded with a unique vision — to help current and future generations connect the legacy of the American Civil Rights Movement to contemporary struggles for human rights around the world.
When our doors open on May 22, 2014, our Civil Rights, Human Rights and Shared Accomplishments galleries will create a contemporary multimedia experience to help visitors discover their personal connections to human rights issues and how they can help create a better future.
But the process of building the Center won’t end when construction is complete. Programming and partnerships like the events this week will continue and expand, aided by a world-class facility with compelling exhibits, educational curriculum, our broadcast studio, and our event spaces where organizations and advocates can gather to make their voices heard.
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