Power to Inspire

From left to right, Doug Shipman, Pete and Ada Lee Correll, Estela Barnes de Carlotto, Honorable Shirley Franklin, Vernon Jordan, Kerry Kennedy, and Deborah Richardson.
Photo credit: Ross Oscar Knight

On Wednesday, May 6, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. hosted the Power to Inspire Tribute Dinner, an awards reception and dinner to honor trailblazers who have dedicated their lives to creating a more equal and just world for all. The inaugural event was held at The Center in a tent on Pemberton Place and drew more than 550 supporters. The event raised more than $650,000 for educational opportunities for students and others to experience The Center and all it has to offer.

Estela Barnes de Carlotto, an Argentine human rights activist and leader of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, was among the night’s honorees. Senora Carlotto, whose portrait hangs in The Center’s Human Rights Gallery, has dedicated her life to reuniting more than 100 missing children with their families after Argentina’s The Dirty War. After a 37-year search, she found her own grandson in 2014.

Other honorees included Vernon Jordan, NCCHR Chairman Emeritus, business executive and civil rights activist; Kerry Kennedy, human rights activist, writer and current president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights; and Ada Lee and Pete Correll, Atlanta philanthropists who led efforts  to improve healthcare access, support youth development and art programs.

The Tribute Dinner was the culmination of the Power to Inspire Human Rights Summit held on May 5-6 at The Center. The summit featured discussions on global environmental justice, human trafficking and the Atlanta Student Movement.

The dinner was chaired by Amy and Cecil Conlee, Ingrid Sanders Jones, Beth and Gregg Paradies, and Ava and Ross Rossin. The host committee was chaired by Bari and Russell Love and Stephanie and Jerome Russell.  Honorary chairs included Richard Anderson of Delta Air Lines and Alex Cummings of The Coca-Cola Company.