An impressive and interactive museum in Downtown Atlanta connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today's human rights movements around the world.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights is open. Its goal: to let people "explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities".
The 42,000 square foot facility houses four primary exhibitions.
First is the "Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection".
It includes some of the personal papers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr from Morehouse College, Dr. King's alma mater. The gallery displays the rare collection of King's handwritten notes and personal items. "What we have tried to showcase here is Dr. King within the context of his work in civil and human rights, and his mind, and his thinking, and really the vitality that his ideas have today," said Doug Shipman of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. "The deep biography is at the King Center, at the district, when you get to the pews at Ebenezer, when you see his birth home. The idea is that in fact that you would go from here to there." The collection of papers will be rotated every four months.
The next exhibit is "Spark of Conviction: The Global Human Rights Movement". This section features interactive technology intended for all audiences to help visitors gain a deeper understanding of human rights and how they affect the lives of every person.
Next is "Rolls Down Like Water: The American Civil Rights Movement". This exhibit showcases the fight for equality in The American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
The final area is a temporary exhibition wall that features "Selections from the Benny Andrews' John Lewis Series". The two part series will rotate in conjunction with the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection from June 9, 2014 to January 4, 2015.
In 1948, shortly after World War II, a set of basic principles was established and placed before the United Nations, declaring the inalienable rights of all people around the world. This Universal Declaration of Human Rights contains thirty articles which serve as a set of principles for governments to use to remain accountable to protect the rights and freedoms of everyone.
According to the center's website, the dream was started by civil rights legends Evelyn Lowery and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, and was launched by former Mayor Shirley Franklin.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights is in downtown Atlanta between the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place.
It's open Monday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. A typical visit lasts approximately 75 minutes.
ADULT (Ages 13-64): $15
CHILD (Ages 3-12): $10
SENIOR (AGES 65+): $13
STUDENT (With valid ID): $13
For more info, visit www.civilandhumanrights.org.