Calinda Lee

Head of Programs and Exhibitions

Educated at Spelman College (BA), New York University (MA) and Emory University (MA and PhD), Calinda N. Lee joined The Center to head up our substantive program work on education, civic engagement, facilitated conversations, and training experiences for diversity, equity and inclusion, law enforcement and advocacy. In this role, Calinda’s historical expertise informs opportunities to connect stories and events from the past with current day circumstances. The value of community engagement in historical interpretation as well as civil and human rights work is of utmost importance to Calinda, and informs programs and initiatives under her leadership.

Calinda previously served as Vice President of Historical Interpretation and Community Engagement for the Atlanta History Center. In this role, she served as chief historian, considering historical interpretation for all aspects of the region’s past to develop the AHC’s primary collections, historic houses, historic gardens, and public programs. Calinda also developed Community Engagements and the AHC’s Neighborhoods Initiative.

As a scholar and administrator, Dr. Lee has held teaching and administrative positions at Emory University, Loyola University Chicago and Spelman College. A prolific practitioner, she is an award-winning curator, writer, and educator. In addition to The Center and AHC, she has worked with institutions including the Albuquerque Museum, the City Museum of Washington, DC, the Maryland Museum for African American Life and History, the Chicago History Museum, Emory University, among others.