Target: Doug Shipman, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Civil and Human Rights
Goal: Commend civil rights center for informing public of human rights injustices
The fight for civil rights and human rights injustices are woven in the fabric that makes up American history. Oftentimes, museums, galleries and exhibits seek to highlight these periods in time without thought of public interaction, global impact, or recognition of current issues. But, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, located in Atlanta, Georgia, has gone against commonalities to establish a center that not only engages the people that enter it, but also initiates conversations about hot-button current events.
Spearheaded by Dough Shipman, Chief Executive Officer, and designed by playwright and director, George C. Wolfe, the Center for Civil and Human Rights is unlike any human rights museum around, bringing contemporary audiences, especially those born long after segregation, face to face with thoughtful, immersive and innovative installations that bring the Civil Rights Movement to light. In particular, one exhibit recreates the experience of an African-American sitting at a ‘whites-only’ lunch counter during the sit-in movement of the early 1960’s. Museum guests are invited to wear headphones and listen to insults and threats that would have been hurled at innocent African-Americans during the time. In an interview with Fox News, “Freedom Rider” and activist Julia Humbles explains “I think it’s [the exhibits] [are] for our young people to actually realize that whatever freedoms they are exercising have come as a result of the fact that people shed blood, sweat and tears…”
In other galleries across the museum’s sprawling 42,000-square-foot space personal papers, documents and writings by the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., an Atlanta native, can be read and experienced by visitors. The museum also makes noticeable strides in human rights efforts by highlight the struggles experienced by marginalized people today through a database installation that allows visitors to describe themselves (race, gender, religion etcetera) and be shown an individual in another part of the world who faces similar injustices for having the same traits.
With such a unique execution and empathetic outlook on human rights, the Civil Rights Movement and current events, the presence of the Center for Human and Civil Rights is long overdue, but deserves to be praised, nonetheless. Sign the petition to show your support of this landmark organization and praise CEO Doug Shipman for his efforts.
Dear Dough Shipman,
This letter is to inform and thank you for your landmark efforts in the fight for human rights and civil rights recognition. With the creation of the Center for Human and Civil Rights you have exposed the public, in an innovative, empathetic and incredible way, to an integral part of American history: The Civil Rights Movement. Because of you and your organization’s leaders, hundreds of thousands of visitors can now experience the most trying time in our nation’s history, all while being informed of the similar injustices others face in outlying countries around the world.
Thank you, wholeheartedly, for your efforts. I wish the landmark museum much success in the near future.
[Your Name Here]
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