Atlanta, GA (Wednesday, October 3, 2018) — Anniversaries invite us to reflect on the past and to look forward. This year’s 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) focuses attention on the origins and importance of one of the most important documents for the lives of people around the world. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is commemorating that anniversary with 70 days of activities and observances, with support from Atlanta-based Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA).
On October 3, the Center will launch programs, events, and content to culminate with a ceremonial signing of the UDHR on Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, 2018 –- the day the UDHR was adopted by the U.N. Through the support of Porsche, which is also celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the Center is able to provide an extensive range of programs to the public during the 70 days of activities and observances.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is the founding document for the modern human rights movement. The document contains 30 articles outlining the basic rights and freedoms that should be shared by all people, in all places, all the time. In 1947, an 18-member drafting committee, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, was formed by the Commission of Human Rights to continue drafting a document that would detail the fundamental rights of all humans globally. Per the United Nations’ website, “Mrs. Roosevelt was recognized as the driving force for the Declaration’s adoption.” The declaration was adopted by the General Assembly of the U.N. on Dec. 10. 1948.
“As a global corporate citizen headquartered in Atlanta, we are honored to support the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and this important anniversary,” said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of PCNA. “Porsche Cars North America is committed to the values expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and celebrated by the Center.”
PCNA has been in Atlanta since 1998 and actively supports causes including education, the arts, and civil rights. Porsche this year marked the 70th anniversary of its first sports car, which was registered on June 8, 1947, and was looking for new opportunities to give back to the community in a significant way. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights generously offered their collaboration in marking the anniversary of UDHR.
Brian Tolleson, Interim CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights explains the importance of the Center’s partnership. “We are thankful for partners like Porsche who help us elevate Human Rights and our mission to ‘Reflect, Inspire, and Transform.’ Through this 70 days of programming, ending with a celebratory signing of the UDHR, Porsche has provided the Center the opportunity to commemorate the importance of this document, help us honor the sanctity of human dignity for every person, and promote International Human Rights Day.”
The Center will host a series of events covering multiple civil and human rights topics. Activities include: Human Rights 101, International Day of the Girl, Social Justice Spoken Word, Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday celebration, World Music Day, UDHR Signing, and much more. For more information and a full program schedule please visit www.civilandhumanrights.org/events.
About the Center for Civil and Human Rights
The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Struggle. The Center features a continuously rotating exhibit from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, which includes many of Dr. King’s documents and personal items. Visitors will be immersed in experiential exhibits through powerful and authentic stories, historic documents, compelling artifacts, and interactive activities. The Center is a source for ongoing dialogue — hosting educational forums and attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics.
For more information, visit www.civilandhumanrights.org/70udhr.
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About Porsche Cars North America, Inc. | One Porsche Drive, Atlanta, GA 30354 USA
Established in 1984, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 911, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman; Macan and Cayenne; and Panamera. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia since 1998, PCNA is also home to the first Porsche Experience Center in North America featuring a module-based 1.6-mile driver development track, business center, and fine dining restaurant, 356.
The company operates a second Porsche Experience Center near Los Angeles. That 53-acre complex features a driver development track with eight educational modules totaling 4.1 miles, a business center, and Restaurant 917. PCNA employs over 300 people who provide parts, service, marketing, and training for 190 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the Porsche brand’s 70-year history of leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety, and efficiency. PCNA is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000-plus motorsport wins to date.
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