Construction on civil rights center set to begin
A groundbreaking ceremony for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights was held last month in Atlanta. Set to open in 2014 on the edge of Centennial Olympic Park, the center will be a venue where visitors can learn about both the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the contemporary human rights movements. “It is fitting that the National Center for Civil and Human Rights will be located right here in Atlanta,” says Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed. “The center will chronicle our nation’s journey towards equality and our collective struggle for civil and human rights, and when it opens, we will be able to share these stories with people from around the world.” Morehouse College’s collection of original writings by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the many displays that will be housed in the center.
With 18,000 square feet of exhibit space, the center will provide a new facility for off-site meetings and events, such as lectures or seated dinners.