AND STILL WE RISE
Women. We are mothers, wives, sisters, professors, caregivers, providers. But we are also artists, activists, educators, authors, civic leaders, “game changers” and “rule-breakers”. We coined the term
“Badass”. We are more than just a hashtag. More than just a fleeting conversation about activism and equal treatment. We are women. This March, we celebrate the simple complexity of women across the globe. This March, the Center for Civil and Human Rights invites you to celebrate the strength and resiliency of women through our public programs and community dialogues.
On Wednesday, March 14th The Center and The Atlanta Opera had an evening of performance and reflection with our preview opera performance, Out of Darkness: Two Remain. The performance encompasses two heart wrenching true stories, set during the German holocaust. One of those stories, other highlights the life of political prisoner and poet Krystyna Zywulska. Her provocative poems became anthems of hope for those imprisoned in Auschwitz.
Although it is the 3rd month of our year, 2018 has started out with one thing in mind: retribution. On March 24th, The Center will host a community dialogue with Oscar-winning actress and human-trafficking activist Mira Sorvino. Sorvino will share her story of activism and why she decided to speak out against one Hollywood titan, Harvey Weinstein. This program has been made possible by the generous donation of Delta Air Lines.
Today, the STEM industry is the wave of the future. Smart phones, home assistants, even alarm systems are all fueled by careers STEM. All things considered, women still remain underrepresented in STEM professions, but that narrative is changing. To celebrate the contributions of women, we are honored to partner with the United States Green Building Council for The Center’s first Women in Green luncheon. Held on Thursday, March 29th, we will hear from a few of today’s elite women in STEM and learn how they used their brain power to power the globe.
In addition to these public programs our Education Department is working with several Affiliate Partner Schools to deliver specialized lessons on women in leadership during the Civil Rights Movement. These lessons will culminate with a talk at The Center with activist and MacArthur fellow, Maria Varela. Her work as an organizer, educator, writer, and photographer started as a member of the SNCC staff from 1963 to 1967.
The Center is proud to elevate stories of women, who lead in the global movement for change. Many women are household names, like Rosa Parks. Others are unsung SHEroes like Jo Ann Robinson. No matter how loudly their names ring like the bells of justice, we shine light on their accomplishments. In the words of former Montgomery Alabama Women’s Political Council President Jo Ann Robinson, “People the world over should know that any group, if given equal opportunity in education, employment, civil rights and the like, can be desirable citizens anywhere, with as much to offer as any other group.” We are pleased to present a variety of programs which are as diverse, full of depth and complexity as we are. We rock, we shine, we Rise.