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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights

by LaTasha Smith, Director of Communications

On Monday, June 23rd, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Mayor Kasim Reed, The Honorable Shirley Franklin, and The Center’s supporters will join together at Pemberton Place Plaza for the opening celebration of the Center for Civil and Human Rights.  If you don’t know much about The Center or are still unsure if this is the place for you,

Here are 10 great reasons why you should visit!


10) There is something for everyone.  The Center makes ensures everyone can find something for himself or herself when entering our doors.  We are dedicated to creating experiences that inspire visitors and empower them to take positive action around the protection of everyone’s human rights.


9) A 14-year-old who visits The Center on a class trip, will find herself bathed in the stained glass images of 14-year-old Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and 11-year-old Denise McNair.  Having lost their lives during the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, in September 1963, these four little girls are remembered at The Center in breathtaking portraits – these original works were created by artists Priscilla and Tom Malone.


8) The Center is the perfect destination for a cross-generational family reunion.  A grandmother may be able to point to the exact spot where she stood at the March on Washington while (later) her grandson can guide her through an interactive tablet in the Human Rights Gallery; Cross-generational dialogues may cover everything from segregation in the United States to protests for equal rights and more in Egypt, Syria, and China.


7) We are passionate about innovation!  The Center is committed to creating experiences that are engaging, unexpected and fun.  Whether you are interested in art, science, social justice or something in-between, you will find a connection here.


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6) The Center features the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection in the Voice to the Voiceless: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection Gallery.  The collection, which includes personal papers and items of Dr. King will rotate throughout the year.  We are offering year-long memberships for those who wish to visit multiple times and see every exhibit rotation.


5) The Center is inspiring.  At a recent talk, CEO, Doug Shipman explained that The Center aims to inspire the next Gandhi and the next King.  This is what The Center is about. You hear stories of courage and triumph, stories of brave individuals who fought for freedom and you too will be inspired do something.


4) We are located in downtown Atlanta between the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place.  Follow your time at The Center with a visit to our neighbors! (Photo credit: Byron Small, Atlanta Business Chronicle)


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3) You can buy a tile, add a personalized message to it, and see it permanently displayed in the lobby of The Center this fall!


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2) We are hands on!  At The Center, we encourage visitors to interact with the exhibit components!


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1) It’s cool!  It really is.  There is so much to see, hear, and experience.  If you know people who are not easily impressed, we’re willing to bet you’ll be surprised to see how highly engaged they are while at The Center! (Photo credit: Byron Small, Atlanta Business Chronicle)


To learn more about The Center and to buy a ticket online, visit www.civilandhumanrights.org.  Also, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@Ctr4CHR) for more exciting news and posts!

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  • Rev. William Butler's gravatar Rev. William Butler says:

    Richie Jean Sherrod Jackoson wrote a book “The House by the side of the road” The Selma Civil Rights movement. Are accounts like these available in the center. Below is a link to the audiobook. http://www.audible.com/pd/History/The-House-by-the-Side-of-the-Road-Audiobook/B00KRNTRAY/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1401998703&sr=1-1

  • LaTasha N. Smith's gravatar LaTasha N. Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing the audiobook! The Center shares the individual stories of many involved in the Selma voting rights campaign such as Viola Liuzzo, SNCC and Jimmie Lee Jackson. Please come visit soon.

  • a.w. davis's gravatar a.w. davis says:

    Thanks, for documenting our “Legacy”! Enjoy…

  • J Foster's gravatar J Foster says:

    As visitor’s,from Scotland,  to Atlanta, my family all went to the museum, it is a very moving and informative place to visit. With a very good mix of hands on and information to be enjoyable and would be the first place I would recommend any visitors go to. Featuring 2 of the most influential people of the 20th century, Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela, both of whom I would love to have heard.
    Listening to the recordings it is clear that the men, women and children should be seen as inspirational and their words and deeds should never be forgotten, the whole place is very well laid out and informative.

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