By Shekinah Harper, Editorial Intern
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights opened to the public on June 23rd as the brainchild of civil rights legends Evelyn Lowery and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, who first imagined this iconic center. Later, the idea was launched by former mayor Shirley Franklin — conceptualized and designed to provide an engaging cultural experience for those who want to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings. The exhibits are meant to activate (a desire for) community engagement. Here are five reasons why you should visit the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights:
- There is something to inspire everyone. When visiting you can view the following exhibits: Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection; Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement; Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement; and Selections from the Benny Andrews’ John Lewis Series.
- The Center was designed to create experiences that are engaging, unexpected and educational. It offers exhibits for those interested in art, science, social justice or anything in-between.
- The Center is the perfect destination for cross-generational dialogues. A grandmother can teach his or her grandchild about subjects that will be addressed at the center. They will be able to develop a bond by connecting the past to current events.
- You can leave your mark. The Center gives everyone the opportunity to buy a tile to personalize and have displayed in the lobby this upcoming fall.
- The Center is located right downtown between the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Cocoa-Cola.
For more information on the Center and upcoming events, please visit www.civilandhumanrights.org.