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Center for Civil and Human Rights a must-see in Atlanta


February 02, 2018

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Since 2014, Atlanta has been home to the Center for Civil and Human Rights, a project which has been a labor of love for many since the early 2000s. Atlanta is, of course, the birthplace of the powerful Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family home is just one of the buildings on the campus of The King Center, founded in 1968 to preserve his legacy. The King Center houses The King Library and Archives, the largest collection of Dr. King’s writings and other primary source materials on the Civil Rights movement. It’s not the only collection of his personal papers to be housed in Atlanta, however. Morehouse College was, for many years, one of these locations until the Center for Human Rights was established and the collection was moved there.

The centerpiece of the center is the permanent exhibit “Rolls Down Like Water,” a largely interactive experience depicting life in the South in the turbulent 1950s and 60s, which includes a model lunch counter where visitors experience a simulation of a sit-in.

A temporary installation in place until April 22 of this year is a collection of photographs by Jim Alexander. Spanning six decades, his work depicts peaceful protests across the United States and explores “how we communicate our frustration and disappointment related to social and human injustice.”

The center is not only dedicated to the American Civil Rights movement, but to the international fight for human rights. An interactive exhibit called “Spark of Conviction” explores what areas of the world and what groups of people have been and are being threatened.

The center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sundays. The center is located in downtown Atlanta on the plaza it shares with the World and Coke and the Georgia Aquarium. Adult tickets are $19.99. Discounts are offered for seniors, military personnel and educators. Children 6 and under are free.


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