The Center’s mission is to empower people to take the protection of every human’s rights personally. In its first year, the award-winning Center lived up to its mission by providing opportunities for people to envision their role in creating a more just and humane future for all, while helping to shape the next generation of human rights leaders.
The Center features three primary exhibitions. In “Rolls Down Like Water,” the American Civil Rights Movement comes to life as visitors are offered the chance to experience the bravery of individuals, young and old, through exhibits like the interactive surround-sound lunch counter which captures the oppression and intolerance endured by protesters during the historic Greensboro, North Carolina sit-ins. Particularly impactful for third, fifth and eighth grade students, this exhibition meets many of the Georgia Performance Standards for Social Studies.
In “Spark of Conviction; The Global Human Rights Movement,” students and teachers are encouraged to look at the world in a new way by constantly underscoring the link between the choices individuals make and the shared responsibility we all have to uphold the rights of others. This is brought to life through responsive touch-screen mirrors offering the opportunity to experience life in another person’s shoes by placing visitors face-to-face with the injustice and discrimination felt by an everyday individual from a different part of the world.
A highlight of The Center, “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection,” presents a rare collection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s personal papers and items. Students will have a unique look into the life of Dr. King, who was a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, a gifted orator, and a tireless advocate for human rights. Fifth and eighth grade educators and their students in Georgia will find this gallery to be invaluable as they work to meet the Georgia Performance Standards for Social Studies.
School programs at The Center include self guides, supplemental activities and teacher resources to engage and empower students and teachers, grades three through 12. More than 50,000 students and 1,200 teachers have visited The Center in its first year.
Conveniently located next to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium at Pemberton Place, the Center for Civil and Human Rights is a must-visit destination in Atlanta for all generations.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights is also one of the five downtown attractions on the 2015 CityPASS, a ticket booklet that saves up to 43 percent or more on admission, alongside the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Studio Tour, and College Football Hall of Fame, plus Zoo Atlanta, and Fernbank. Purchase CityPASS using this link: http://citypass.com/atlanta?mv_source=civilrights&campaign.