The T+T Director is responsible for managing and delivering the Truth and Transformation Initiative, ensuring all the activities are implemented and coordinated with internal and external stakeholders, including a range of partners working in coalition and collaboration with The Center. This is a new position within the organization.
Reports to: Jill Savitt, Chief Executive Officer
About the Truth + Transformation Initiative
The Center’s Truth + Transformation Initiative explores the truth of US history using strategies of memorialization, commemoration, organizing, education, and civic engagement. This initiative takes as its premise that an honest engagement with history is essential to shaping a more equitable future. Courageously investigating the past and sharing historical truths allows us to correct incomplete accounts of history that routinely leave out the struggles of marginalized people. Looking back with an inclusive lens helps communities understand how the past brought us to the present—with its conflicts, opportunities, and urgent needs.
The Center has been called upon to apply these lessons in settings outside of our museum. Atlanta-area grassroots leaders, educators, municipal officials, culture workers, and philanthropists are actively urging conversation about the meaning and power of how history is taught, and about our historical monuments: in short, about our public memory – the story we tell about ourselves. Central to this discussion is a consideration of people and events in our city that have not been recognized or memorialized, with specific interest in addressing two unacceptable omissions: convict leasing atrocities at the Chattahoochee Brick Factory and Bellwood Quarry and the 1906 Race Massacre, where at least 25 African Americans were lynched over a four-day killing spree.
As both a cultural and rights organization, The Center is uniquely positioned to lead this work. We have the convening power, expertise, and credibility to gather diverse stakeholders for collaborations that recognize some of the most difficult moments in Atlanta’s history. We believe that our success in connecting history to the present, building empathy through exhibitions and programs, facilitating difficult conversations, and empowering people to engage in civic life will create opportunities for Atlanta to engage with its past in ways that prove transformative.