Atlanta, GA is home to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a museum and human rights organization that has been doing great work since its opening in 2014. Iconic displays at the Center include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s personal papers and memorabilia, the history of the U.S. civil rights movement, and accounts from the ongoing fight for human rights around the world.
The mission of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights is to protect, defend, and promote civil liberties, human rights, and the fundamental rights of all people. The venue’s exciting events, conversations, exhibitions, engagement, and education/training programs are sure to captivate and motivate any audience that happens to attend.
Both in-person and virtually (through their Campaign for Equal Dignity), the Center conducts events such as book discussions, courageous conversations, concerts, and lectures. By encouraging students to think critically about democratic practice and civic participation, their education curriculum brings history to life and equips educators to teach civil rights history.
Law enforcement officers can get human rights education, and businesses can benefit from Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) programs. Students, advocates, and NGO leaders are taught through the Center’s Advocacy Academy how to participate actively in their communities.
Both permanent and rotating displays at the center provide light on the origins of the American civil rights movement and its connections to similar movements in other parts of the world.
It was concluded during the museum’s planning stages that the civil rights history alone would not be enough to sustain the facility because the ordinary museum visitor would be more familiar with the events in Sudan or the Middle East than in Selma, Alabama. The current permanent exhibits of the museum may be seen by the typical visitor in about seventy-five minutes.
In “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection,” you can see items that once belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The letters and other papers belonging to King were auctioned off in 2006, which is how the collection came into being.
The interactive exhibit “Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement” begins with depictions of Jim Crow laws and “whites only” signage from the era of segregation in the United States. Tony-winning writer George C. Wolfe devised the gallery’s layout, which is divided into parts that commemorate different moments in the civil rights movement.
Unlike the previous displays, “Spark of Conviction: The World Human Rights Movement” is not organized chronologically. A rogues gallery of tyrants like Adolf Hitler and Augusto Pinochet is displayed alongside contemporary activists who are working to better the lives of women and LGBT people around the world.