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CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS	
  	
  
The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural
attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human
Rights Movements.
Our Mission: To empower people
to take the protection of every
human's rights personally.
Our Vision: To harness Atlanta's
legacy of civil rights to strengthen the
worldwide movement for human
rights.
	
  	
  
EXHIBITIONS:
The Center for Civil and Human Rights experience encompasses three unique exhibitions:
• The Center features a continuously rotating exhibition of items from the Morehouse College
Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, where visitors can view the personal papers and items of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
• Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement Exhibition presents the modern
American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
• Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement Exhibition enables visitors to make
connections to the world of human rights.
ECONOMIC IMPACT:
The Center provides positive economic impacts to the City:
• 400,000+ annual visitors
• $50 million in annual economic impact
• 700 construction jobs
• 32 full time employees
• 500 indirect opportunities through events, meetings, programs and partnerships
• 300 volunteers
	
  
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTSIONS
WHAT IS THE CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS?
The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia is an engaging cultural
attraction that connects the 20th
Century American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global
Human Rights Movements. 	
  
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE CENTER?
The mission of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is to empower people to take the
protection of every human’s rights personally.
WHAT IS THE VISION OF THE CENTER?
The Center harnesses Atlanta’s legacy of civil rights in order to strengthen the worldwide
movement for human rights.
HOW WILL THE CENTER ADDRESS TOPICS THAT ARE NOT CURRENTLY IN THE EXHIBIT
SPACES?
While the Center for Civil and Human Rights exhibits currently has specific alignments in terms
of topic areas, we are an inclusive institution that believes in the power of diversity, inspiration,
and dialogue. As the world rapidly changes, we will be able to quickly update and change the
topics of content in our exhibits, on our website, and through our programming. We believe that
it is essential to listen to our visitors and create opportunities for further dialogue in areas of
interest.
HOW WILL THE CENTER ADDRESS TOPICS THAT ARE NOT CURRENTLY IN THE EXHIBIT
SPACES?
While the Center for Civil and Human Rights exhibits currently has specific alignments in terms
of topic areas, we are an inclusive institution that believes in the power of diversity, inspiration,
and dialogue. As the world rapidly changes, we will be able to quickly update and change the
topics of content in our exhibits, on our website, and through our programming. We believe that
it is essential to listen to our visitors and create opportunities for further dialogue in areas of
interest.
WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE AT THE CENTER?
The Center for Civil and Human Rights houses three galleries with the following: “Rolls Down
Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement,” “Spark of Conviction: The Global Human
Rights Movement,” and “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr.
Collection.” A fourth “temporary exhibition” space will feature two inaugural-year exhibitions
celebrating powerful works by Georgia artist Benny Andrews from his iconic “John Lewis Series.”
The Center features a continuously rotating exhibition from The Morehouse College Martin
Luther King, Jr. Collection, which includes many of Dr. King’s documents and personal items. 	
  
Visitors will be immersed in experiential galleries through powerful and authentic stories, historic
documents, compelling artifacts, and interactive activities. 	
  
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The Center is a source for ongoing dialogue — hosting engaging programming events,
sponsoring educational forums, and attracting world-renowned experts to raise awareness
about relevant human rights topics. 	
  
Atlanta’s newest landmark is also the perfect space for your event, gathering, reception, reunion
or meeting.
HOW OFTEN WILL GALLERIES CHANGE?
The materials on display in the “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther
King, Jr. Collection” gallery will rotate three times per year. The Spark of Conviction: The Global
Human Rights Movement gallery will feature updated content approximately every 12-24 months.
The “temporary exhibition” space will rotate twice in the inaugural year.
WHERE IS THE CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS?
The Center for Civil and Human Rights is located at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, in Downtown Atlanta
next to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium on Pemberton Place®.	
  
WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS OF OPERATION?
The Center for Civil and Human Rights is open seven days a week. (The building is closed on
Thanksgiving and Christmas.) Daily hours of operation are 10 AM – 5 PM.
HOW LONG DOES A VISIT USUALLY TAKE?
Average estimated time is between an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.
HOW MUCH DOES A VISIT COST?
INDIVIDUALS (8% tax included)
Adult $15
Senior, Student, Educator $13
Child (3-12) $10
(2 and under) FREE
Military* (Active) FREE
Military Family Adult* $7.50
Military Family Senior* $6.50
Military Family Youth $5
*Must present valid ID
DO YOU OFFER GROUP DISCOUNTS?
Tickets for groups of ten or more are eligible for a group discount. To qualify for the group rate,
ten or more tickets must be purchased in advance through our group sales department.
Student groups and school field trips also qualify.
CAN I BRING CHILDREN TO THE CENTER?
Yes. The Center’s inclusive, immersive, and interactive experiences allow visitors of all ages to
engage with dynamic stories of the American Civil Rights Movement, as well as global
movements for Human Rights. The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection also
promises to be a memorable highlight of any visit. Additionally, The Center offers teacher
toolkits and adult/youth guides so parents and guardians can discuss their experiences.
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CAN I PLAN A SPECIAL EVENT AT THE CENTER?
The Center for Civil and Human Rights provides a range of spaces to accommodate everything
from a corporate meeting or conference breakout session to a holiday gathering, wedding
reception, or dinner party.
WHAT IS YOUR WEB ADDRESS
The Center’s website is www.CivilandHumanRights.org
HOW CAN I RECEIVE E-MAIL UPDATES
Sign up for “The Spark” our e-newsletter online to receive news, updates and special
information about the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
DOES THE CENTER HAVE FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ACCOUNTS?
Yes! The Center maintains an interactive Facebook page, as well as a dynamic account on
Twitter (@Ctr4CHR)
ABOUT US
The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown
Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects
the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global
Human Rights Movements. Our purpose is to create a
safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights
of all human beings so that they leave inspired and em-
powered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights
in their communities.
OUR MISSION
The mission of The National Center for Civil and Human
Rights is to empower people to take the protection of
every human’s rights personally. Through sharing stories
of courage and struggle around the world, The Center
encourages visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the
role they play in helping to protect the rights of all people.
OUR VISION
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc.
harnesses Atlanta’s legacy of civil rights to strengthen the
worldwide movement for human rights. Atlanta played
a unique leadership role in the modern American Civil
Rights Movement. Through harnessing Atlanta’s legacy
and galvanizing the corporate, faith-based, public-sector
and university communities, The Center will serve as the
ideal place to reflect on the past, transform the present
and inspire the future.
OUR HISTORY
The Center was first imagined by civil rights
legends Evelyn Lowery and former United
Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and was launched
by former Mayor Shirley Franklin. The effort gained broad-
based support to become one of the few places to bridge
the American Civil Rights Movement and evolving Human
Rights Movements around the world. Established in 2007,
The Center’s groundbreaking 43,000-square-foot facility
is located on Pemberton Place adjacent to the World of
Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium – on land donated
by the Coca-Cola Company.
WHY IS THE CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN
RIGHTS IN ATLANTA?
Atlanta played a principal leadership role in the 20th
Century American Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta was the
meeting place for leaders and organizations from SNCC
(Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) to SCLC
(Southern Christian Leadership Conference) to CORE
(Congress of Racial Equality). Local people, ideas and
institutions continue to influence and shape human rights
efforts nationally and internationally. From women’s rights
to equality for LGBT individuals, from human trafficking to
freedom movements around the world, Atlanta serves as
an international hub for dialogue and discourse.
WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE AT THE CENTER?
The Center for Civil and Human Rights houses three
galleries with the following exhibitions: “Rolls Down Like
Water: The American Civil Rights Movement,” “Spark of
Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement,” and
“Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin
Luther King, Jr., Collection.” A fourth temporary
exhibition space features selected works from the
“John Lewis Series” by Georgia artist Benny Andrews.
HOW IS THE CENTER DIFFERENT FROM OTHER
CIVIL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUMS?
The Center has a unique vision: to connect the 20th
Century American Civil Rights Movement with today’s
Global Human Rights Movements. The Center embraces
the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and takes it into
the future.
IS THE CENTER A NONPROFIT?
The Center for Civil and Human Rights is operated by
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., a
501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The National Center for
Civil and Human Rights is not an advocacy organization.
civilandhumanrights.org
FACT SHEET
www.civilandhumanrights.org
ABOUT THE DESIGN TEAM
Phil Freelon
The Center’s design architect was chosen following an
international design competition. Freelon’s design
achievements include cultural, civic and academic
projects for some of America’s most respected cultural
institutions. He leads the design team for the $500M
Smithsonian National Museum of African American
History and Culture, now in construction on the National
Mall. Phil is the founder of The Freelon Group, a North
Carolina-based firm that recently joined global design firm
Perkins+Will.
George C. Wolfe
George is the chief creative officer for The Center and
created an interactive, multi-sensory visitor experience
in the “Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights
Movement” gallery. Wolfe is a Tony Award–winning
theatrical playwright and film director. His numerous
theatre direction credits including Tony Award–winning
“Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk,” “Angels in
America—Millennium Approaches” and a Tony
nomination for “The Normal Heart.”
Jill Savitt
Jill is the inaugural human rights exhibition curator of
“Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights
Movement.” Savitt envisioned a unique presentation of
historical and contemporary human rights issues
presented through The Center’s Global Human Rights
gallery. Savitt serves as a special advisor at the US
Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. She
founded and directed Dream for Darfur in 2007. Prior to
that time, Jill was Director of Public Programs at Human
Rights First.
David Rockwell
David is The Center’s exhibition designer, creating a
dynamic synergy between the curator’s story and the
physical layout of the galleries. The Rockwell Group has
worked on projects such as the W Hotels, the TED
Theater, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center as well as
set design for “Kinky Boots,” “Lucky Guy” and
“Hairspray.” Honors include the Cooper-Hewitt’s National
Venue Address:
CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: 678.999.8990
Mailing Address:
NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
250 Williams St, Suite 2322 Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404.991.6970
Website:
www.civilandhumanrights.org
Like Us on Facebook:
Center for Civil and Human Rights
Follow Us on Twitter:
@Ctr4CHR
ABOUT THE BUILDING
The architecture for the Center for Civil and Human Rights is a collaboration between design architect Phil Freelon and
The Freelon Group and HOK of Atlanta, GA. Recently, The Freelon Group joined global design firm Perkins+Will.
Washington, DC–based artist Larry Kirkland designed the exterior water sculpture. The combined cost of the building
design and construction ($80M) and The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr., Collection ($23M) is $103 million.
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FOUNDATION
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FOUNDATIONS
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FOUNDATION, INC.
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NCCHRBOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Honorable Shirley C. Franklin
(Board Chair)
Purpose Built Communities
Atlanta, Ga.
Vernon E. Jordan Jr.
(Chair Emeritus)
Senior Managing Director
Lazard Freres & Company, LLC
New York, N.Y.
Edward Ned Montag
(Treasurer)
CEO
A. Montag & Associates
Atlanta, Ga.
A.J. Robinson
(Vice-Chair, Secretary)
President
Central Atlanta Progress
Atlanta, Ga.
R. Lawrence Ashe Jr.
Senior Counsel
Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP
Atlanta, Ga.
Barbara B. Balser
Owner
Balser Enterprises
Naples, Fla.
Tom A. Bernstein
President and Co-Founder
Chelsea Piers Management
New York, N.Y.
Coleman Breland
Chief Operating Officer
Turner Network Sales
Atlanta, Ga.
Edith Dee Cofrin
Community Volunteer
Atlanta, Ga.
Virgis Colbert
(Retired)
MillerCoors
Mequon, Wis.
The Honorable Andre Dickens
Council Member
Atlanta City Council
Atlanta, Ga.
Dean Eisner
Principal
Fountainhead Resources
Atlanta, Ga.
Ernest Greer
Managing Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Atlanta, Ga.
The Honorable Kwanza Hall
Council member
Atlanta City Council
Atlanta, Ga.
James Hannan
CEO and President
Georgia-Pacific LLC
Atlanta, Ga.
Ingrid Saunders Jones
Chairperson
National Council of Negro
Women
Atlanta, Ga.
Egbert L. J. Perry
Chairman and CEO
The Integral Group, LLC
Atlanta, Ga.
John Rice
Founder and CEO
Management Leadership for
Tomorrow
Washington, DC
Glen W. Rollins
Investor, Philanthropist
Atlanta, Ga.
Chris Womack
Executive Vice President and
President, External Affairs
Southern Company
Atlanta, Ga.
Andrea Young*
Executive Director
Andrew Young Foundation
Atlanta, Ga.
Paul Viera
CEO
EARNEST Partners
Atlanta, Ga.
*Currently on leave of absence from The Center’s board.
 
	
  
BE A PART OF HISTORY WITH A PIECE OF HISTORY
The Center for Civil and Human Rights has officially launched a unique effort that
will allow you to secure a permanent place in The Center,	
   and for the month of
March, we are offering a special opportunity that you don’t want to miss!
With your tile purchase you’ll receive permanent recognition on the grand wall
display in our lobby AND a FREE Founding Membership to The Center – valid
through 2014.
A donation today will grant you recognition for a lifetime. Your tile will reside on a
grand wall of individual tiles to be displayed in the lobby of The Center for all visitors
to see. It will not only showcase your support and participation in promoting civil
and human rights, but will contribute to free admission for students, educational
exhibits, and programming.
• With a donation of $250, you receive one personalized tile and an Associate-
level membership to the Center for Civil and Human Rights through
December 31, 2014. (This is a limited time opportunity available until March
31, 2014)
• For $1000, receive four personalized tiles for your family or group and an
Advocate-level membership to The Center through December 31,
2014. (This is a limited time opportunity available until March 31, 2014)
Take advantage of this limited time offer and purchase your tile TODAY!
To purchase a tile please visit:
https://www.civilandhumanrights.org/tilewall/index.html
Thanks in advance for your consideration.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
LaTasha Smith: (404) 991-6977
Meghan Lewis: ncchrmedia@porternovelli.com
NOW OPEN: THE CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA
Crowds gathered in Atlanta to celebrate historic opening;
choir led moving performance of “We Shall Overcome.”
Atlanta – June 24, 2014 - Yesterday marked a historic day of firsts in Atlanta, Ga. with the opening of the
Center for Civil and Human Rights, the city’s first civil rights museum and one of the nation’s only global
human rights museums. Serving as a connector between past and present, The Center’s powerful stories
of individuals who shaped the American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the modern
human rights movement invite visitors to reflect on how they can create a better tomorrow.
Consistent with The Center’s mission to
, its public opening celebration honored the past and looked toward the future. The crowd of
nearly 1,000 included civil rights icons such as U.S. Congressman John Lewis, several Freedom Riders
and human rights activists Alina Diaz, Mark Johnson and others. The multi-generational gathering
represented the growing diversity of the Southeastern states. This audience became a part of history
when they walked through the doors of The Center on opening day.
When The Center’s CEO and president Doug Shipman welcomed the crowd by inviting civil and human
rights champions to stand up, more than two dozen people rose to their feet. “We will honor your stories
every day in this Center. The Center reflects the way people and movements today are shaping what’s
happening around the world. Those working for freedom today use the Civil Rights Movement as a
roadmap and look to Atlanta as an example, but The Center is truly about tomorrow,” said Shipman. “At
the end of the day, The Center will be measured by the people who will change the trajectory of their lives
– and the lives of others – to become the next Gandhi, the next King, the next Mandela that the world
needs today.”
Former Atlanta Mayor and National Center for Civil and Human Rights Board Chair Shirley Franklin
expressed The Center’s importance to her by sharing a personal story of her life as a young adult. “When
I went to college in 1963, I couldn’t be mayor. It just wasn’t possible.” Franklin shared. “In my lifetime, I
have seen change and it is my role – my responsibility – to do whatever I can to make sure that everyone
living and breathing in the world has the right to pursue their dreams and aspirations.”
The ceremony included moving performances by a 100-person cross-city choir who sang gospel hymns
and “freedom” songs made famous during the Civil Rights era. One of the day’s most powerful moments
occurred when the choir performed “We Shall Overcome” and the entire crowd crossed their arms, joined
hands and swayed to the anthem, with Bernice King leading the movement from the front row.
John Lewis received a standing ovation as he shared his passion for the City of Atlanta and the history
that happened here. He also spoke of The Center’s mission to share these movements with a new
generation, saying, “A few days ago I had the opportunity to walk through portions of this museum. It
reminded me of something Daddy King used to say when he would hear his son preach on Sunday
mornings. He used to say, ‘Make it plain, son. Make it plain.’ This museum makes it plain. It tells the story
of what happened and how it happened – not just for those who are living, but for generations yet
unborn.”
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Others speakers included Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator, Ga., Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta and
Lisa Borders, Chair, The Coca-Cola Foundation.
For images of The Center’s public celebration, please visit
The Center Experience
Designed with multimedia displays, compelling artifacts and interactive activities, The Center’s exhibits
are created to empower people to take the protection of every human’s rights personally. The Center was
designed by architect Philip Freelon in partnership with HOK; George C. Wolfe served as The Center’s
chief creative officer for the civil rights gallery; Jill Savitt curated The Center’s human rights gallery; and
David Rockwell and Rockwell Group served as The Center’s exhibition designer. The Center is located in
the heart of downtown Atlanta, adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. The
43,000-square-foot facility houses four primary exhibitions:
• “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection” Gallery
presents a rare collection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s personal papers and items.
• “Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement” Gallery created by George C.
Wolfe is comprised of a series of eight sequential exhibitions that bring to life the defining
moments of the modern American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
• “Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement” Gallery designed by Jill Savitt
illuminates both individual and global human rights issues. The exhibition is designed to allow
visitors to experience a personal connection to individuals who are taking a stand in the
contemporary fight for human rights.
• A fourth temporary exhibition space features an inaugural-year exhibits celebrating selected
works from “John Lewis Series” by Georgia artist Benny Andrews (American, 1930-2006): this
powerful, iconic series of paintings depicts scenes from the life of John Lewis.
The Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with closures on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Adult
tickets are $15 and child (ages 3–12) tickets are $10. Group rates are also available. Memberships start
at $50 per year and include unlimited free admission for one year, access to members-only events, and
special discounts on programming, events and retail merchandise.
For more information on The Center, please visit www.civilandhumanrights.org. Join the conversation on
civil and human rights on Twitter @Ctr4CHR and Facebook.
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Venue Address:
CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: 678.999.8990
	
  
Mailing Address:
NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
250 Williams St, Suite 2322 Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404.991.6970
Website:
www.civilandhumanrights.org
	
  
Like Us on Facebook:
Center for Civil and Human Rights
	
  
Follow Us on Twitter:
@Ctr4CHR
	
  
	
  
	
  
www.civilandhumanrights.org
THE CENTER IN THE MEDIA
The Center for Civil and Human Rights hosted its opening celebration on June 23, 2014. We are
pleased to share this snapshot of some of the extensive media coverage about The Center and our
opening celebration.
Atlanta Summons the Past to Showcase the
Present - Civil and Human Rights Museum to Open
in Atlanta by Alan Blinder
(NY Times) — Far from his typical Broadway haunts,
the director George C. Wolfe was walking through a
construction site here this spring when, amid a ca-
cophony of saws and drills, he stopped and stood
before what was to become a replica of a lunch count-
er that he said would claw visitors back into history.
READ MORE
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Coverage (multiple articles)
A new Civil Rights Museum
celebrating Atlanta’s place as a
tourist spot for civil right
history opens Monday June 23,
2014 in downtown Atlanta. The
Center for Civil and Human Rights
is close to Centennial Olympic
Park, the World of Coke and the
Georgia Aquarium. READ MORE
Civil Rights Struggle Brought
to Life in New Human Rights
Museum by Blane Bachelor
(Fox News) — Authentic foot-
age depicting civil rights pro-
tests, hard-hitting, interactive
exhibits, and selections from
the $22 million collection of
personal papers from Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr. are among
the many highlights of The
Center. READ MORE
Ross Rossin Potraits shown on far wall in the
Spark of Conviction: Global Human Rights gallery.
Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook | Visit Online
The Rise of the Civil Rights
Museum by Jamie Gumbrecht
(CNN) — While architect Philip
Freelon imagined designs for
Atlanta’s new National Center
for Civil and Human Rights, he
did the usual research into the
past, scanning images of the
civil rights marches and protests
it would surely address.
READ MORE
THE CENTER IN THE MEDIA
Inside Look: Center for Civil and Human Rights —
Connecting The American Civil Rights Movement to
Today’s Human RIghts Movements Around the World
by 11Alive Staff, WXIA (Multiple articles)
(WXIA) — The Center for Civil and Human Rights is
open. Its goal: to let people “explore the fundamental
rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired
and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about
human rights in their communities”. READ MORE
National Center for Civil and
Human Rights trusts in the
power of design to tell its
stories, inspire visitors
(ArtsATL) — The Center is the
smallest kid on Pemberton Place,
home to the World of Coca-Cola
and the Georgia Aquarium. But
thanks to the distinctive presence
of the building’s curving design
and multi-hued façade, it more
than holds its own. READ MORE
New Civil Rights Museum Also
Explores Human Rights
By KATE BRUMBACK
(AP) -- A new museum about
the history of civil rights opens
next week in Atlanta, the city
where Martin Luther King Jr. was
based. But the National Center
for Civil and Human Rights also
explores other human rights
struggles, from women’s rights
and LGBT issues to immigration
and child labor. READ MORE
Atlanta’s Newest Landmark
Will Teach Generations of
Southerners What Doing the
Right Thing Really Means By
Chuck Reece
(Bitter Southerner) -- Back
when I lived in New York City,
people would ask me what
it was like to live in Atlanta. I
heard the question so often I
developed a standard
response. READ MORE
Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook | Visit Online
Human rights advocates photo-
graphed by Platon. Copyright Albert
Vecerka/Esto & Rockwell Group
THE CENTER IN THE MEDIA
‘It’s Long Overdue’: New Civil Rights Museum
Opens in Atlanta By Gabe Gutierrez
(NBC News) — After years of anticipation, a new
museum dedicated to the history of the civil rights
movement officially opened to the public Monday in
the city that Martin Luther King Jr. called home. “This
movement transformed the most powerful nation on
Earth,” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said at the opening
ceremony. READ MORE
In Atlanta, Freelon’s New
National Center for Civil and
Human Rights By J. Michael
Welton
(HUFF POST) -- Architect Phil
Freelon, whose Freelon Group
recently merged with Perkins+Will,
will be heading to Atlanta on June
23 for opening ceremonies
centered around the design of his
newest civic space: It’s the
strikingly symbolic Center for Civil
and Human Rights. READ MORE
National Center For Civil
and Human Rights Officially
Opens By Rose Scott
(WABE) The National Center
for Civil and Human rights is
officially open. The morning’s
ceremony featured several
speakers as they all talked
about the importance of
Atlanta’s newest downtown
attraction. READ MORE
Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook | Visit Online
Center for Civil and Human
Rights dawning of a new day
for Atlanta By Maria Saporta
(Saporta Report) -- “Atlanta, it’s
time to wake up.”
So began my column in the
July 19, 2004 edition of the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
READ MORE
THE CENTER IN THE MEDIA
New Atlanta museum links human rights struggles
of past and present By David Beasley
(Reuters) - A museum opening in Atlanta on Monday
links the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1950s and
1960s to modern fights for human rights across the
world to give visitors new insight on how the struggles
are related, organizers said. READ MORE
Family-Friendly Center for
Civil and Human Rights Opens
in Atlanta By Barbara Becker
(Huff Post) On a recent walk-
through of the new National Cen-
ter for Civil and Human Rights
(NCCHR) in Atlanta, CEO Doug
Shipman looked at the group of
social justice activists and their
families -- all spread across the
gallery and engaged in one dis-
play or another -- and said, “This
is it right here -- skim, swim or
dive. There’s content for every
type of audience.” READ MORE
Finding Inspiration for a Civ-
il Rights Museum (Video) by
Emily Brennan
(NY Times) The Center is one
of several new museums in the
South dedicated to civil rights.
To David Rockwell, the president
of the Rockwell Group, which
designed its exhibition spaces,
the center stands out because
it aims to capture the experi-
ence of Jim Crow South rather
than just collect artifacts from it.
READ MORE
The Newest Reason to Visit
Atlanta By Paul Brady
(Conde Nast Traveler) The
National Center for Civil and
Human Rights opens today in
Atlanta, in the heart of down-
town, adjacent to the Georgia
Aquarium. The $103 million
project brought together huge
names in design—architect
Philip Freelon, Rockwell Group,
and more—to develop an
eye-popping exhibit and event
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January 10, 2014
By Elaine Glusac
40. Downtown Atlanta
A revitalized city center welcomes
new museums and streetcars.
Atlanta plans several ribbon cuttings in 2014, but the main event is the National Center for Civil
and Human Rights, scheduled to open in May next to the Centennial Olympic Park and the
Georgia Aquarium downtown. The 42,000-square-foot, environmentally friendly museum will
feature permanent galleries devoted to domestic and international rights struggles and will house
the Martin Luther King Jr. papers owned by Morehouse College. By midyear, visitors will be
able to take the new Atlanta Streetcar on a 2.7-mile loop that will link the park to the Martin
Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and other stops. Another parkside attraction, the 94,000-
square-foot College Football Hall of Fame, is expected to open in time for fall kickoff of the
N.C.A.A. season.
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Electronic press kit 06.25.2014

  • 2.   CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS     The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Our Mission: To empower people to take the protection of every human's rights personally. Our Vision: To harness Atlanta's legacy of civil rights to strengthen the worldwide movement for human rights.     EXHIBITIONS: The Center for Civil and Human Rights experience encompasses three unique exhibitions: • The Center features a continuously rotating exhibition of items from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, where visitors can view the personal papers and items of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement Exhibition presents the modern American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. • Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement Exhibition enables visitors to make connections to the world of human rights. ECONOMIC IMPACT: The Center provides positive economic impacts to the City: • 400,000+ annual visitors • $50 million in annual economic impact • 700 construction jobs • 32 full time employees • 500 indirect opportunities through events, meetings, programs and partnerships • 300 volunteers  
  • 3. 1       FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTSIONS WHAT IS THE CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS? The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the 20th Century American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements.   WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE CENTER? The mission of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is to empower people to take the protection of every human’s rights personally. WHAT IS THE VISION OF THE CENTER? The Center harnesses Atlanta’s legacy of civil rights in order to strengthen the worldwide movement for human rights. HOW WILL THE CENTER ADDRESS TOPICS THAT ARE NOT CURRENTLY IN THE EXHIBIT SPACES? While the Center for Civil and Human Rights exhibits currently has specific alignments in terms of topic areas, we are an inclusive institution that believes in the power of diversity, inspiration, and dialogue. As the world rapidly changes, we will be able to quickly update and change the topics of content in our exhibits, on our website, and through our programming. We believe that it is essential to listen to our visitors and create opportunities for further dialogue in areas of interest. HOW WILL THE CENTER ADDRESS TOPICS THAT ARE NOT CURRENTLY IN THE EXHIBIT SPACES? While the Center for Civil and Human Rights exhibits currently has specific alignments in terms of topic areas, we are an inclusive institution that believes in the power of diversity, inspiration, and dialogue. As the world rapidly changes, we will be able to quickly update and change the topics of content in our exhibits, on our website, and through our programming. We believe that it is essential to listen to our visitors and create opportunities for further dialogue in areas of interest. WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE AT THE CENTER? The Center for Civil and Human Rights houses three galleries with the following: “Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement,” “Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement,” and “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection.” A fourth “temporary exhibition” space will feature two inaugural-year exhibitions celebrating powerful works by Georgia artist Benny Andrews from his iconic “John Lewis Series.” The Center features a continuously rotating exhibition from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, which includes many of Dr. King’s documents and personal items.   Visitors will be immersed in experiential galleries through powerful and authentic stories, historic documents, compelling artifacts, and interactive activities.  
  • 4. 2       The Center is a source for ongoing dialogue — hosting engaging programming events, sponsoring educational forums, and attracting world-renowned experts to raise awareness about relevant human rights topics.   Atlanta’s newest landmark is also the perfect space for your event, gathering, reception, reunion or meeting. HOW OFTEN WILL GALLERIES CHANGE? The materials on display in the “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection” gallery will rotate three times per year. The Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement gallery will feature updated content approximately every 12-24 months. The “temporary exhibition” space will rotate twice in the inaugural year. WHERE IS THE CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS? The Center for Civil and Human Rights is located at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, in Downtown Atlanta next to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium on Pemberton Place®.   WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS OF OPERATION? The Center for Civil and Human Rights is open seven days a week. (The building is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.) Daily hours of operation are 10 AM – 5 PM. HOW LONG DOES A VISIT USUALLY TAKE? Average estimated time is between an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. HOW MUCH DOES A VISIT COST? INDIVIDUALS (8% tax included) Adult $15 Senior, Student, Educator $13 Child (3-12) $10 (2 and under) FREE Military* (Active) FREE Military Family Adult* $7.50 Military Family Senior* $6.50 Military Family Youth $5 *Must present valid ID DO YOU OFFER GROUP DISCOUNTS? Tickets for groups of ten or more are eligible for a group discount. To qualify for the group rate, ten or more tickets must be purchased in advance through our group sales department. Student groups and school field trips also qualify. CAN I BRING CHILDREN TO THE CENTER? Yes. The Center’s inclusive, immersive, and interactive experiences allow visitors of all ages to engage with dynamic stories of the American Civil Rights Movement, as well as global movements for Human Rights. The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection also promises to be a memorable highlight of any visit. Additionally, The Center offers teacher toolkits and adult/youth guides so parents and guardians can discuss their experiences.
  • 5. 3       CAN I PLAN A SPECIAL EVENT AT THE CENTER? The Center for Civil and Human Rights provides a range of spaces to accommodate everything from a corporate meeting or conference breakout session to a holiday gathering, wedding reception, or dinner party. WHAT IS YOUR WEB ADDRESS The Center’s website is www.CivilandHumanRights.org HOW CAN I RECEIVE E-MAIL UPDATES Sign up for “The Spark” our e-newsletter online to receive news, updates and special information about the Center for Civil and Human Rights. DOES THE CENTER HAVE FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ACCOUNTS? Yes! The Center maintains an interactive Facebook page, as well as a dynamic account on Twitter (@Ctr4CHR)
  • 6. ABOUT US The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. Our purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and em- powered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities. OUR MISSION The mission of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is to empower people to take the protection of every human’s rights personally. Through sharing stories of courage and struggle around the world, The Center encourages visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the role they play in helping to protect the rights of all people. OUR VISION The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. harnesses Atlanta’s legacy of civil rights to strengthen the worldwide movement for human rights. Atlanta played a unique leadership role in the modern American Civil Rights Movement. Through harnessing Atlanta’s legacy and galvanizing the corporate, faith-based, public-sector and university communities, The Center will serve as the ideal place to reflect on the past, transform the present and inspire the future. OUR HISTORY The Center was first imagined by civil rights legends Evelyn Lowery and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and was launched by former Mayor Shirley Franklin. The effort gained broad- based support to become one of the few places to bridge the American Civil Rights Movement and evolving Human Rights Movements around the world. Established in 2007, The Center’s groundbreaking 43,000-square-foot facility is located on Pemberton Place adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium – on land donated by the Coca-Cola Company. WHY IS THE CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN ATLANTA? Atlanta played a principal leadership role in the 20th Century American Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta was the meeting place for leaders and organizations from SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) to SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) to CORE (Congress of Racial Equality). Local people, ideas and institutions continue to influence and shape human rights efforts nationally and internationally. From women’s rights to equality for LGBT individuals, from human trafficking to freedom movements around the world, Atlanta serves as an international hub for dialogue and discourse. WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE AT THE CENTER? The Center for Civil and Human Rights houses three galleries with the following exhibitions: “Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement,” “Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement,” and “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr., Collection.” A fourth temporary exhibition space features selected works from the “John Lewis Series” by Georgia artist Benny Andrews. HOW IS THE CENTER DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUMS? The Center has a unique vision: to connect the 20th Century American Civil Rights Movement with today’s Global Human Rights Movements. The Center embraces the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and takes it into the future. IS THE CENTER A NONPROFIT? The Center for Civil and Human Rights is operated by The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is not an advocacy organization. civilandhumanrights.org FACT SHEET
  • 7. www.civilandhumanrights.org ABOUT THE DESIGN TEAM Phil Freelon The Center’s design architect was chosen following an international design competition. Freelon’s design achievements include cultural, civic and academic projects for some of America’s most respected cultural institutions. He leads the design team for the $500M Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, now in construction on the National Mall. Phil is the founder of The Freelon Group, a North Carolina-based firm that recently joined global design firm Perkins+Will. George C. Wolfe George is the chief creative officer for The Center and created an interactive, multi-sensory visitor experience in the “Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement” gallery. Wolfe is a Tony Award–winning theatrical playwright and film director. His numerous theatre direction credits including Tony Award–winning “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk,” “Angels in America—Millennium Approaches” and a Tony nomination for “The Normal Heart.” Jill Savitt Jill is the inaugural human rights exhibition curator of “Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement.” Savitt envisioned a unique presentation of historical and contemporary human rights issues presented through The Center’s Global Human Rights gallery. Savitt serves as a special advisor at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. She founded and directed Dream for Darfur in 2007. Prior to that time, Jill was Director of Public Programs at Human Rights First. David Rockwell David is The Center’s exhibition designer, creating a dynamic synergy between the curator’s story and the physical layout of the galleries. The Rockwell Group has worked on projects such as the W Hotels, the TED Theater, the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center as well as set design for “Kinky Boots,” “Lucky Guy” and “Hairspray.” Honors include the Cooper-Hewitt’s National Venue Address: CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30313 Phone: 678.999.8990 Mailing Address: NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS 250 Williams St, Suite 2322 Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404.991.6970 Website: www.civilandhumanrights.org Like Us on Facebook: Center for Civil and Human Rights Follow Us on Twitter: @Ctr4CHR ABOUT THE BUILDING The architecture for the Center for Civil and Human Rights is a collaboration between design architect Phil Freelon and The Freelon Group and HOK of Atlanta, GA. Recently, The Freelon Group joined global design firm Perkins+Will. Washington, DC–based artist Larry Kirkland designed the exterior water sculpture. The combined cost of the building design and construction ($80M) and The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr., Collection ($23M) is $103 million.
  • 8. FOUNDING PARTNERS $1,000,000 & ABOVE $500,000 -$999,999 $100,000 - $499,999 $50,000-99,999 NCCHRFUNDING PARTNERS CORPORATE & FOUNDATION FUNDING PARTNERS THE WILBUR & HILDA GLENN FAMILY FOUNDATION ROBERT W. WOODRUFF FOUNDATION DAVID, HELEN & MARIAN WOODWARD FUND IDA ALICE RYAN CHARITABLE TRUST THE ANDERSON FOUNDATIONS O.L. PATHY FOUNDATION, INC. ABRAHAM AND PHYLISS KATZ FOUNDATION JACK & JILL OF AMERICA ATLANTA CLUSTER OF THE LINKS, INCORPORATED THE RICH FOUNDATION THE TULL CHARITABLE FOUNDATION THE DANIEL P. AMOS FAMILY FOUNDATION FIRST AMERICAN FINANCIAL LIFE GROUP WISH FOUNDATION, INC.
  • 9. NCCHRBOARD OF DIRECTORS The Honorable Shirley C. Franklin (Board Chair) Purpose Built Communities Atlanta, Ga. Vernon E. Jordan Jr. (Chair Emeritus) Senior Managing Director Lazard Freres & Company, LLC New York, N.Y. Edward Ned Montag (Treasurer) CEO A. Montag & Associates Atlanta, Ga. A.J. Robinson (Vice-Chair, Secretary) President Central Atlanta Progress Atlanta, Ga. R. Lawrence Ashe Jr. Senior Counsel Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP Atlanta, Ga. Barbara B. Balser Owner Balser Enterprises Naples, Fla. Tom A. Bernstein President and Co-Founder Chelsea Piers Management New York, N.Y. Coleman Breland Chief Operating Officer Turner Network Sales Atlanta, Ga. Edith Dee Cofrin Community Volunteer Atlanta, Ga. Virgis Colbert (Retired) MillerCoors Mequon, Wis. The Honorable Andre Dickens Council Member Atlanta City Council Atlanta, Ga. Dean Eisner Principal Fountainhead Resources Atlanta, Ga. Ernest Greer Managing Shareholder Greenberg Traurig LLP Atlanta, Ga. The Honorable Kwanza Hall Council member Atlanta City Council Atlanta, Ga. James Hannan CEO and President Georgia-Pacific LLC Atlanta, Ga. Ingrid Saunders Jones Chairperson National Council of Negro Women Atlanta, Ga. Egbert L. J. Perry Chairman and CEO The Integral Group, LLC Atlanta, Ga. John Rice Founder and CEO Management Leadership for Tomorrow Washington, DC Glen W. Rollins Investor, Philanthropist Atlanta, Ga. Chris Womack Executive Vice President and President, External Affairs Southern Company Atlanta, Ga. Andrea Young* Executive Director Andrew Young Foundation Atlanta, Ga. Paul Viera CEO EARNEST Partners Atlanta, Ga. *Currently on leave of absence from The Center’s board.
  • 10.     BE A PART OF HISTORY WITH A PIECE OF HISTORY The Center for Civil and Human Rights has officially launched a unique effort that will allow you to secure a permanent place in The Center,   and for the month of March, we are offering a special opportunity that you don’t want to miss! With your tile purchase you’ll receive permanent recognition on the grand wall display in our lobby AND a FREE Founding Membership to The Center – valid through 2014. A donation today will grant you recognition for a lifetime. Your tile will reside on a grand wall of individual tiles to be displayed in the lobby of The Center for all visitors to see. It will not only showcase your support and participation in promoting civil and human rights, but will contribute to free admission for students, educational exhibits, and programming. • With a donation of $250, you receive one personalized tile and an Associate- level membership to the Center for Civil and Human Rights through December 31, 2014. (This is a limited time opportunity available until March 31, 2014) • For $1000, receive four personalized tiles for your family or group and an Advocate-level membership to The Center through December 31, 2014. (This is a limited time opportunity available until March 31, 2014) Take advantage of this limited time offer and purchase your tile TODAY! To purchase a tile please visit: https://www.civilandhumanrights.org/tilewall/index.html Thanks in advance for your consideration.
  • 11. 1 FOR MORE INFORMATION: LaTasha Smith: (404) 991-6977 Meghan Lewis: ncchrmedia@porternovelli.com NOW OPEN: THE CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA Crowds gathered in Atlanta to celebrate historic opening; choir led moving performance of “We Shall Overcome.” Atlanta – June 24, 2014 - Yesterday marked a historic day of firsts in Atlanta, Ga. with the opening of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the city’s first civil rights museum and one of the nation’s only global human rights museums. Serving as a connector between past and present, The Center’s powerful stories of individuals who shaped the American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the modern human rights movement invite visitors to reflect on how they can create a better tomorrow. Consistent with The Center’s mission to , its public opening celebration honored the past and looked toward the future. The crowd of nearly 1,000 included civil rights icons such as U.S. Congressman John Lewis, several Freedom Riders and human rights activists Alina Diaz, Mark Johnson and others. The multi-generational gathering represented the growing diversity of the Southeastern states. This audience became a part of history when they walked through the doors of The Center on opening day. When The Center’s CEO and president Doug Shipman welcomed the crowd by inviting civil and human rights champions to stand up, more than two dozen people rose to their feet. “We will honor your stories every day in this Center. The Center reflects the way people and movements today are shaping what’s happening around the world. Those working for freedom today use the Civil Rights Movement as a roadmap and look to Atlanta as an example, but The Center is truly about tomorrow,” said Shipman. “At the end of the day, The Center will be measured by the people who will change the trajectory of their lives – and the lives of others – to become the next Gandhi, the next King, the next Mandela that the world needs today.” Former Atlanta Mayor and National Center for Civil and Human Rights Board Chair Shirley Franklin expressed The Center’s importance to her by sharing a personal story of her life as a young adult. “When I went to college in 1963, I couldn’t be mayor. It just wasn’t possible.” Franklin shared. “In my lifetime, I have seen change and it is my role – my responsibility – to do whatever I can to make sure that everyone living and breathing in the world has the right to pursue their dreams and aspirations.” The ceremony included moving performances by a 100-person cross-city choir who sang gospel hymns and “freedom” songs made famous during the Civil Rights era. One of the day’s most powerful moments occurred when the choir performed “We Shall Overcome” and the entire crowd crossed their arms, joined hands and swayed to the anthem, with Bernice King leading the movement from the front row. John Lewis received a standing ovation as he shared his passion for the City of Atlanta and the history that happened here. He also spoke of The Center’s mission to share these movements with a new generation, saying, “A few days ago I had the opportunity to walk through portions of this museum. It reminded me of something Daddy King used to say when he would hear his son preach on Sunday mornings. He used to say, ‘Make it plain, son. Make it plain.’ This museum makes it plain. It tells the story of what happened and how it happened – not just for those who are living, but for generations yet unborn.”
  • 12. 2 Others speakers included Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator, Ga., Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta and Lisa Borders, Chair, The Coca-Cola Foundation. For images of The Center’s public celebration, please visit The Center Experience Designed with multimedia displays, compelling artifacts and interactive activities, The Center’s exhibits are created to empower people to take the protection of every human’s rights personally. The Center was designed by architect Philip Freelon in partnership with HOK; George C. Wolfe served as The Center’s chief creative officer for the civil rights gallery; Jill Savitt curated The Center’s human rights gallery; and David Rockwell and Rockwell Group served as The Center’s exhibition designer. The Center is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. The 43,000-square-foot facility houses four primary exhibitions: • “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection” Gallery presents a rare collection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s personal papers and items. • “Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement” Gallery created by George C. Wolfe is comprised of a series of eight sequential exhibitions that bring to life the defining moments of the modern American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. • “Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement” Gallery designed by Jill Savitt illuminates both individual and global human rights issues. The exhibition is designed to allow visitors to experience a personal connection to individuals who are taking a stand in the contemporary fight for human rights. • A fourth temporary exhibition space features an inaugural-year exhibits celebrating selected works from “John Lewis Series” by Georgia artist Benny Andrews (American, 1930-2006): this powerful, iconic series of paintings depicts scenes from the life of John Lewis. The Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with closures on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Adult tickets are $15 and child (ages 3–12) tickets are $10. Group rates are also available. Memberships start at $50 per year and include unlimited free admission for one year, access to members-only events, and special discounts on programming, events and retail merchandise. For more information on The Center, please visit www.civilandhumanrights.org. Join the conversation on civil and human rights on Twitter @Ctr4CHR and Facebook. ###
  • 13.           Building & Exhibition Photos         To access downloadable building and exhibition photography, Click Here               Venue Address: CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30313 Phone: 678.999.8990   Mailing Address: NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS 250 Williams St, Suite 2322 Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: 404.991.6970 Website: www.civilandhumanrights.org   Like Us on Facebook: Center for Civil and Human Rights   Follow Us on Twitter: @Ctr4CHR       www.civilandhumanrights.org
  • 14. THE CENTER IN THE MEDIA The Center for Civil and Human Rights hosted its opening celebration on June 23, 2014. We are pleased to share this snapshot of some of the extensive media coverage about The Center and our opening celebration. Atlanta Summons the Past to Showcase the Present - Civil and Human Rights Museum to Open in Atlanta by Alan Blinder (NY Times) — Far from his typical Broadway haunts, the director George C. Wolfe was walking through a construction site here this spring when, amid a ca- cophony of saws and drills, he stopped and stood before what was to become a replica of a lunch count- er that he said would claw visitors back into history. READ MORE Atlanta Journal Constitution Coverage (multiple articles) A new Civil Rights Museum celebrating Atlanta’s place as a tourist spot for civil right history opens Monday June 23, 2014 in downtown Atlanta. The Center for Civil and Human Rights is close to Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coke and the Georgia Aquarium. READ MORE Civil Rights Struggle Brought to Life in New Human Rights Museum by Blane Bachelor (Fox News) — Authentic foot- age depicting civil rights pro- tests, hard-hitting, interactive exhibits, and selections from the $22 million collection of personal papers from Dr. Mar- tin Luther King, Jr. are among the many highlights of The Center. READ MORE Ross Rossin Potraits shown on far wall in the Spark of Conviction: Global Human Rights gallery. Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook | Visit Online The Rise of the Civil Rights Museum by Jamie Gumbrecht (CNN) — While architect Philip Freelon imagined designs for Atlanta’s new National Center for Civil and Human Rights, he did the usual research into the past, scanning images of the civil rights marches and protests it would surely address. READ MORE
  • 15. THE CENTER IN THE MEDIA Inside Look: Center for Civil and Human Rights — Connecting The American Civil Rights Movement to Today’s Human RIghts Movements Around the World by 11Alive Staff, WXIA (Multiple articles) (WXIA) — The Center for Civil and Human Rights is open. Its goal: to let people “explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities”. READ MORE National Center for Civil and Human Rights trusts in the power of design to tell its stories, inspire visitors (ArtsATL) — The Center is the smallest kid on Pemberton Place, home to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. But thanks to the distinctive presence of the building’s curving design and multi-hued façade, it more than holds its own. READ MORE New Civil Rights Museum Also Explores Human Rights By KATE BRUMBACK (AP) -- A new museum about the history of civil rights opens next week in Atlanta, the city where Martin Luther King Jr. was based. But the National Center for Civil and Human Rights also explores other human rights struggles, from women’s rights and LGBT issues to immigration and child labor. READ MORE Atlanta’s Newest Landmark Will Teach Generations of Southerners What Doing the Right Thing Really Means By Chuck Reece (Bitter Southerner) -- Back when I lived in New York City, people would ask me what it was like to live in Atlanta. I heard the question so often I developed a standard response. READ MORE Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook | Visit Online Human rights advocates photo- graphed by Platon. Copyright Albert Vecerka/Esto & Rockwell Group
  • 16. THE CENTER IN THE MEDIA ‘It’s Long Overdue’: New Civil Rights Museum Opens in Atlanta By Gabe Gutierrez (NBC News) — After years of anticipation, a new museum dedicated to the history of the civil rights movement officially opened to the public Monday in the city that Martin Luther King Jr. called home. “This movement transformed the most powerful nation on Earth,” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said at the opening ceremony. READ MORE In Atlanta, Freelon’s New National Center for Civil and Human Rights By J. Michael Welton (HUFF POST) -- Architect Phil Freelon, whose Freelon Group recently merged with Perkins+Will, will be heading to Atlanta on June 23 for opening ceremonies centered around the design of his newest civic space: It’s the strikingly symbolic Center for Civil and Human Rights. READ MORE National Center For Civil and Human Rights Officially Opens By Rose Scott (WABE) The National Center for Civil and Human rights is officially open. The morning’s ceremony featured several speakers as they all talked about the importance of Atlanta’s newest downtown attraction. READ MORE Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook | Visit Online Center for Civil and Human Rights dawning of a new day for Atlanta By Maria Saporta (Saporta Report) -- “Atlanta, it’s time to wake up.” So began my column in the July 19, 2004 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. READ MORE
  • 17. THE CENTER IN THE MEDIA New Atlanta museum links human rights struggles of past and present By David Beasley (Reuters) - A museum opening in Atlanta on Monday links the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s to modern fights for human rights across the world to give visitors new insight on how the struggles are related, organizers said. READ MORE Family-Friendly Center for Civil and Human Rights Opens in Atlanta By Barbara Becker (Huff Post) On a recent walk- through of the new National Cen- ter for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) in Atlanta, CEO Doug Shipman looked at the group of social justice activists and their families -- all spread across the gallery and engaged in one dis- play or another -- and said, “This is it right here -- skim, swim or dive. There’s content for every type of audience.” READ MORE Finding Inspiration for a Civ- il Rights Museum (Video) by Emily Brennan (NY Times) The Center is one of several new museums in the South dedicated to civil rights. To David Rockwell, the president of the Rockwell Group, which designed its exhibition spaces, the center stands out because it aims to capture the experi- ence of Jim Crow South rather than just collect artifacts from it. READ MORE The Newest Reason to Visit Atlanta By Paul Brady (Conde Nast Traveler) The National Center for Civil and Human Rights opens today in Atlanta, in the heart of down- town, adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium. The $103 million project brought together huge names in design—architect Philip Freelon, Rockwell Group, and more—to develop an eye-popping exhibit and event space that opens to the public today at 10 a.m. READ MORE Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook | Visit Online
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  • 23. 52 Places to Go in 2014 Witness a city in transformation, glimpse exotic animals, explore the past and enjoy that beach before the crowds. January 10, 2014 By Elaine Glusac 40. Downtown Atlanta A revitalized city center welcomes new museums and streetcars. Atlanta plans several ribbon cuttings in 2014, but the main event is the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, scheduled to open in May next to the Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Aquarium downtown. The 42,000-square-foot, environmentally friendly museum will feature permanent galleries devoted to domestic and international rights struggles and will house the Martin Luther King Jr. papers owned by Morehouse College. By midyear, visitors will be able to take the new Atlanta Streetcar on a 2.7-mile loop that will link the park to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and other stops. Another parkside attraction, the 94,000- square-foot College Football Hall of Fame, is expected to open in time for fall kickoff of the N.C.A.A. season.