About The Center for Civil and Human Rights


A sculpture at The Center for Civil and Human Rights incorporates photos of civil and human rights martyrs. Photo and caption: Dustin Chambers for the New York Times

The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. The purpose of The Center is to create a safe space for visitors to 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 Center was first imagined by civil rights legends Evelyn Lowery and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and was launched by former Mayor Shirley Franklin. The effort gained broad-based corporate and community support to become one of the few places in the world educating visitors on the bridge between the American Civil Rights Movement and contemporary Human Rights Movements around the world.

Established in 2007, The Center’s groundbreaking 43,000-square-foot facility is located on Pemberton Place,  adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, on land donated by the Coca-Cola Company.

Click here to learn more about The Center. 


The Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Albert Vecerka/Esto.