What is the National Center for Civil and Human Rights?

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a cultural institution that will commemorate the historic struggle for African-American freedom and equality, and serve as a space for ongoing dialogue, study, and contributions to the resolution of current and future freedom struggles of all people at the local, national and international level.

What is the relationship to other civil rights and historical institutions in the region?

The Center will serve as a catalyst for increasing interest in all historic sites across Atlanta and Georgia and a portal to all that the region has to offer visitors and scholars alike who seek the chance to learn from and experience history. We are helping to develop a linked offering across all institutions from the Atlanta University Center to the Carter Center including the Sweet Auburn Historic District. These links include transportation, programming, marketing, joint ticketing and research collaborations.

How will the Center contribute to the community?

The Center will serve as a forum for education and the exchange of ideas. The Center will provide jobs and internships for individuals and draw people to Atlanta. Programming will include speakers, conferences and artistic presentations across a wide spectrum of historical and present-day issues. The Center will be a resource for education and exploration across all ages. The Center  will also be a catalyst for drawing attention and visitors to the variety of historical institutions that exist across Atlanta including the historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Sweet Auburn Historic District, the King Center and Historic Site and the Carter Center.

How are civil rights leaders and the civil and human rights communities involved?

Several Civil Rights Movement leaders and movement scholars were part of the Blue Ribbon Working Group including Evelyn Lowery, Connie Curry, Jesse Hill, Jr., Prof. Earl Lewis, Prof. Preston King and Dean Lawrence Carter. Prof. Earl Lewis, Prof. Cliff Kuhn of Georgia State and Prof. Darlene Clark-Hine of Northwestern University  co-chaired the Content Committee. We anticipate other leaders and scholars to lead or participate in future committees and to continue to have a significant voice in the planning process.