Doug Shipman, Chief Executive Officer of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Explains How the NEW Center is Empowering People
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which opened on June 23, 2014, uniquely and boldly connects historic freedom movements and iconic individuals, as well as everyday people, with the human rights issues of the past and present, thus sparking ongoing dialogue around the possibilities of the future. As a convener, The Center provides a forum for education, discovery and ongoing discussions on class, race, gender, identity and other injustices that impact us all.
The Center for Civil and Human Rights is keenly attuned to the issues, responses and actions that are occurring across the country in reaction to the recent events in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY. We hope that you will join us during this timely interview with Doug Shipman, CEO of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. in Atlanta, GA as he discusses the role of The Center during this period of heightened focus on issues of civil and human rights across our nation.
WHAT YOUR LISTENERS WILL LEARN:
• LET FREEDOM RING – How The Center is reinforcing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
• CAUSE AND EFFECT – How The Center is providing a platform for the community to come together to engage in civil dialogue that will lead to thoughtful and strategic action for change
• WHAT THE CENTER IS DOING – Overview of some of the programs and initiatives is The Center making available to support the community for dialogue around critical issues
• WHAT’S NEXT – Learning from the past and moving forward to a better future
Shipman is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR). Doug was most recently a Principal in the Atlanta office of the Boston Consulting Group where he worked in the New York, Mumbai and Atlanta offices. He is the founding CEO and has been with the Center since the inception of the project in 2005.
CEO of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights
MONDAY, THE NATION COMMEMORATES THE LEGACY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN 86 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR.
THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN ATLANTA HONORS MANY ICONIC LEADERS WHO WERE PART OF AMERICA’S HISTORIC CIVIL RIGHTS AND FREEDOM MOVEMENT FROM DECADES PAST.
HERE TO DISCUSS THE LEGACY OF DR. KING AND HOW THE CENTER IS CONTINUING THE FOCUS ON MANY OF THE DIFFICULT ISSUES STILL FACING OUR NATION IS DOUG SHIPMAN,
C-E-O FOR THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN ATLANTA
MR. SHIPMAN – THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.
1. WHAT DO YOU THINK DR. KING WOULD SAY ABOUT AMERICA TODAY?
2. WHY HAVE THE FERGUSON AND ERIC GARNER CASES TOUCHED SUCH A DEEP CORD IN INDIVIDUALS?
3. WHAT ROLE HAS THE CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS PLAYED IS DEALING WITH THE MANY CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES OF TODAY?
4. WHAT SHOULD OUR LISTENERS BE DOING TO ENSURE CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL?
5. WHAT LESSONS FROM THE PAST CIVIL RIGHTS FIGHT CAN WE LEARN TO DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES PRESENTED TODAY?
6. WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR RACE RELATIONS IN OUR COUNTRY?
7. WHAT SPECIFIC PROGRAMS DOES THE CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS HAVE PLANNED TO EDUCATE AND HELP IMPROVE
8. RACE AND HUMAN RELATIONS?
9. WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF THINGS PEOPLE WILL SEE IF THEY WERE TO COME TO ATLANTA AND VISIT THE CENTER?
10. THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR THAT THE CENTER WILL BE OPEN AND OBSERVING MARTIN LUTHER
11. KING JUNIOR DAY. DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING SPECIAL PLANNED?
12. WHERE CAN WE GO FOR MORE INFORMATION AND HOW CAN SOMEONE VISIT THE CENTER?
BACKGROUND INFO FOR
THE CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
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. Our purpose 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.
The mission of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is to empower people to take the protection of every human’s rights personally. Through sharing stories of courage and struggle around the world, The Center encourages visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the role they play in helping to protect the rights of all people.
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights harnesses Atlanta’s legacy of civil rights to strengthen the worldwide movement for human rights.
Atlanta played a unique leadership role in the modern American Civil Rights Movement. Through harnessing Atlanta’s legacy and galvanizing the corporate, faith-based, public-sector and university communities, The Center will serve as the ideal place to reflect on the past, transform the present and inspire the future. http://www.civilandhumanrights.org