National Center for Civil and Human Rights receives $17 million

National Center for Civil and Human Rights receives $17 million

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has announced a $17 million grant to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta in support of capital expansion and educational programming.

The funding includes $15 million to fund construction of a three-story West Wing, which will include a 2,700-square-foot gallery on the lobby level designed to engage families and children, a 2,500-square-foot gallery showcasing the Without Sanctuary Collection of postcards of lynching and anti-lynching artifacts, gallery space for temporary and visiting exhibitions, and a 900-square-foot café. The top floor will feature the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers.

The remaining $2 million will support the Truth and Transformation project, a new initiative aimed at creating the broad civic architecture and processes necessary for conversation and reconciliation about the history of racial terror, violence, and injustice and the ongoing manifestations of that history today.

"The most effective way to make progress together as a community is to shine a light on the issues that exist and to then do something about them so that everyone can feel a sense of understanding and support," said Arthur M. Blank, whose foundation has provided more than $20 million to the center, including the latest commitment. "We believe in the power of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights to educate, include, and transform the whole of this community and this country so that together, we can create tangible, positive change."