Every year, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights— “the Bill of Rights for all humankind.”

Signed in 1948, the UDHR outlines the minimum requirements—in the form of basic rights— for a life lived with dignity. In 2019, The Center’s celebration of the UDHR focuses on urging young people—from children to young adults—to tap their own power to change the world.

Our celebration will run from Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday—October 11th—to the anniversary of the signing of the UDHR on December 10th. Eleanor Roosevelt was the chief architect of the Declaration and is considered the “mother of human rights.” Roosevelt believed in the energy and power of young people. The Center does too— and has organized two months of activities urging young people to tap their own power to change the world.

Preamble, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“WHEREAS recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world…”

Here’s a snapshot of what our UDHR Celebration looks like

  • In October, celebrate the legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt, immerse yourself in Her Truth, Her Power, and network with young professionals that reflect, inspire, and transform the world around them.
  • November is for service: get an inside look at our new Voice to the Voiceless: Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection The Other Dream: King and the Poor People’s Campaign.
  • Finally, in December, celebrate the signing of the UDHR on December 10th!

UDHR Celebration Events

Join the LGBTQ Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for our fourth annual forum as we provide an exclusive look at our most recent LGBTQ business data and research from the field.

Enjoy a welcoming reception and community dialogue about new Oculus VR Exhibit: “Her Truth, Her Power”

You are cordially invited to attend our upcoming community discussion, “Conversations: A Forum on Education Equity in the Southeast.”

Unwind at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for an evening of Cocktails & Conversations.

A simulation event that introduces attendees to the sensory experience of human trafficking.


Film Screening on the human rights atrocities at the Southern Border of the U.S.

Get an inside look at King’s Dream of uplifting the impoverished through Resurrection City and the Poor People’s Campaign after his death.

Learn what it takes to affirm dignity in the forgotten and do more by donating to Love Beyond Walls.


UDHR in the Gift Shop

One of the most iconic protest statements from the American Civil Rights Movement, was the phrase, “Give a Damn.” Purchase the shirt today!

Get a replica of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, featuring Article 19!

Say what you want with the protest buttons featured in our Civil Rights Gallery and our “Give a Damn” T-Shirt.

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