The Center for Civil and Human Rights, located in downtown Atlanta near the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, opened its doors today. The 42,000-square foot museum, which shares stories of the struggle for human rights from the Civil Rights movement until today, offers a full-sensory immersion into the struggle for human rights.
The museum’s focus, according to a release, is to create “thought-provoking dialogue.”
“When we connect to others and to their circumstances, that emotional connection often compels us to lend our support, to take action even though we may never know or meet those who are affected, as evidenced by the courageous stories of many individuals featured in the exhibits. The Center draws on that innate characteristic of our humanity to inspire and empower visitors to help create a better world for us all,” said CEO of The Center Doug Shipman, in a statement.
One exhibit that aims to create empathy is a lunch counter lined with headphones. Pop them on, place your hands on the counter, and you’ll hear heckling through the earpieces, a simulation of what demonstrators heard during the Civil Rights Movement.
It also includes “Voice to the Voiceless: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection,” an exhibition gallery filled with King’s papers while the iconic phrase “I have a dream” projects and glimmers on the back wall in twenty-five different languages.
The Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, while memberships are $50 each year. For more information on The Center, visit its website.