National Center for Civil and Human Rights opens in Atlanta

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Photo: Couresy of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

On Monday, June 23, 2014 the National Center for Civil and Human Rights will open in the city of Atlanta. It will provide the city with a place to visit that offers history of the Civil Rights Eras in America.

This gallery was designed by George C. Wolfe, a Tony Award-winning playwright and director, best-known for directing Bring in ‘da Noise/Bring in ‘da Funk and Angels in America —Millennium Approaches. This is his first museum —not including the fictional attraction in his 1986 play The Colored Museum.

Exhibit designer Jill Savitt said her goal is to “put the ‘human’ in human rights,” and thus the room is full of people with whom the visitors can see eye to eye as they explore the exhibition.

Atlanta Free Speech would like to encourage adults and parents to visit the center. Bring your children, nieces, nephews, and cousins on this great educational journey.  Hopefully, this exhibition will force discussions on how those very systems of oppressions being explored through pictures, videos, artwork and artifacts still impact the lives of Blacks and other people of color today. 

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights at a glance:

Cost: $75 million

Size: 42,000 square feet

Parking: Georgia Aquarium or World of Coke.

Permanent collections: In addition to exhibition rights for the King papers, which are actually owned by Morehouse College, the center has seven portraits of human rights “heroes” by Atlanta painter Ross Rossin; a series of paintings of U.S. Representative John Lewis by folk artist Benny Andrews; “Without Sanctuary,” disturbing images of lynchings in America (many of them on postcards) collected by James Allen.

Programs: One of the first programs presented at the center will be on human trafficking in Atlanta, presented by the Women’s Solidarity Initiative, a group of local leaders.

Visiting the Center 

Starting June 23rd, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. Tickets: $15; senior/student/educator, $13; children (3-12), $10; 2 and under, free; military (active and retired), free; military family: adult, $7.50; senior, $6.50; youth, $5.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights 

100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. 


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