2015 Human Rights Summit

The Power to Inspire Human Rights Summit’s goal is to shine a light on current pressing human rights issues and solutions from those who are working for their eradication.  The Center’s intent is to always provide forums for information, awareness, discussion, and a catalyst for direct action.  We hope you will gain new insights, as well as, find a place where you will become engaged in the critical work of advancing social change.

In Dr. King’s Letter From a Birmingham Jail, he wrote:  Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny... an inescapable network of mutuality.  The earth is our mutual home, modern day slavery must be eradicated, and we must commit to the safety and opportunity for all.  

We know by your presence, you are already committed to these advancements.  Let’s move forward, together, from this moment.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM        Center for Civil and Human Rights’ Tour of Exhibits

12:30 PM                            Registration (Level 1)

1:00 PM  - 2:45 PM            Our Global Home—The Time is Now to Take the Protection of the Earth Personally

Both human behavior and global warming are contributing to a state of emergency regarding our environment.  Unpredictable weather patterns, droughts, air and water pollution, and the disappearance of our forests are just some of the issues of concern.  You will learn the facts and hear firsthand accounts from activists who are driving change in their communities and the world. 


2:45 PM - 3:00 PM              Break

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM              Ending Human Trafficking—Labor and Sexual Exploitation

There is growing awareness about human trafficking and some progress in addressing the problem and the needs of victims.  How do we end the scourge of modern-day slavery?  Each panelist will discuss practical and policy solutions to address exploitation for labor and sex. 



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM             All Lives Matter, How Do We Get There—Lessons from the Atlanta Student Movement

Social change occurs when there is a clear agenda, effective strategies, and long-term commitment.  In 1960, students from Atlanta’s five HBCU’s placed a full-page ad, An Appeal for Human Rights, not only in Atlanta’s newspapers, but also the New York Times, The Congressional Record and others; this set the course for Atlanta’s student movement to end racial segregation.  Its leaders will share lessons learned and how they may be applied to today’s pressing issues.