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Statement Regarding the Ferguson & Staten Island Events

by Doug Shipman, CEO

The events in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY, have intensified a national discussion about the protection of everyone's human rights.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is keenly attuned to the issues, responses and actions that are occurring across the country, and is committed to our role of convening through conversations.  The Center advocates nonviolence and knows the power of dialogue for the betterment of the community and our nation as a whole. We respect the lens through which individuals see and experience the world and we provide a unique space to contemplate critical issues and explore systemic solutions.

Everyday at The Center, we tell the stories of those who turned frustrations over injustices into action and leveraged collective commitment for reconciliation.  We witness visitors exploring their personal understanding of issues of civil and human rights and being inspired by what they see and learn to take a stand or to take action. This is why The Center was established.

As a convener we will provide a forum for education, discovery and ongoing discussions on class, race, gender, identity and other injustices that impact us all.

In January, The Center will launch the Move Free Act Dialogue Series, where we will bring the community together to engage in civil conversations and initiatives. We also welcome thoughtful suggestions on what you are interested in seeing.  Please join us.




Discussion Series with the Hon. Shirley Franklin

Throughout the month of January, participate in a series of discussions facilitated by former mayor Shirley Franklin. Based on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, community leaders will have candid conversations about their roles during times of conflict. Additional details coming soon.

Beloved Community - Circle Dialogues
Jan. 15th, 2015
6:30-8:00 PM

Location: YWCA of Greater Atlanta (957 North Highland Ave NE)

The YWCA of Greater Atlanta in partnership with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. are sponsoring circle dialogues in the spirit of creating the beloved community.  

The dialogue will center around a TED talk given by Verna Myers called You Can Help Stop the Violence Against Young Black Men.
Attendees are encouraged to take the Implicit Association Test in preparation for the dialogue.
Register to attend.


Riot: The Language of the Unheard

Jan. 20th, 2015

Join Professor Tanya Washington, Associate Professor of Law at Georgia State University, as she moderates a panel discussion based on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s quote, “Riot is the language of the unheard.” This program is sponsored by Hunton & Williams LLP. Additional details coming soon.


Detroit '67: Dialogue About Violence in America

Feb. 1, 2015

In partnership around the play, “Detroit ‘67,” the True Colors Theatre Company and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. will present a dialogue about violence in America. The featured panelists will represent the 1943 Detroit Riot, the 1992 L.A. Riots, and the recent tensions in Ferguson. Additional details coming soon.

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  • diana blank's gravatar diana blank says:

    This is the perfect place for dialogue and definitely the right time.

    Please add my name to your mailing list.

    Obama started a program for black men focused on education and mentoring I think. After the first announcement, I heard nothing more.  Maybe it is something you would like to pursue to see how Atlantan’s can participate in this effort.  Thanks.

  • Carolyne J Parks's gravatar Carolyne J Parks says:

    We are not alone in our struggle just to have a life of peace.  If we want it for ourselves, we have to want it for our fellow man(woman). It begins with us.
    Peace and love

  • Ahli Moore's gravatar Ahli Moore says:

    This is a great idea. I literally has just written a note to myself to try to contact Doug Shipman because I want to organize a series if conversations in which the youth can be involved in the dialogue. No more than 5 minutes later, the email describing the Move Free Act Dialogue Series was in my inbox. Can I contact you directly to speak with you about this.  Ahli Moore 770-851-8732; amoore@x-factorsolutions.com

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