Patrons of the National Center


The PATRONS of the National Center is a support and advocacy group for the National Center. The organization offers opportunities for interested community groups, businesses, and individuals to connect to, celebrate, and contribute to the National Center and to the advancement of its mission. The principal purpose of the PATRONS is to support the National Center and its mission through fund-raising and volunteer activities.

Left to right: Vera B. Jordan, Beatrice R. Coley, Dorothy Posey Jones, Donna J. Armstead, Mary C. Marshall, Dr. Voncile B. Gowdy, Barbara Sawyer, Hattie Minter, Carole K. Burton, Jean Graetz, Rev. Robert S. Graetz, Hazel Youngblood, Dr. Alma S. Freeman, Barbara S. Weatherly, Zenobia Blackman, Doris F. Sanders

A slideshow detailing information about the members of the PATRONS group and the services and programs it provides.


To carry out its purpose, the PATRONS support group is guided by the following objectives:

  • To plan and execute events and projects for cultural enrichment and fund-raising;
  • To provide a pool of responsible and informed volunteers who will assist with National Center activities (e. g. collections, exhibitions, tours, research, cultural programs, local school projects);
  • To increase community awareness of and support for the National Center.


Membership in the PATRONS of the National Center is open to individuals, corporations, businesses, organizations, and other legal entities interested in supporting the purpose, objectives, and activities of the PATRONS and of the National Center.

Join the PATRONS and support the National Center in collecting, preserving, and disseminating information about the Civil Rights Movement and African-American culture, with a focus on Alabama and Montgomery.
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The ASU Foundation
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The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University
P.O. Box 271
Montgomery, AL 36101
(334) 229-4824 or (334) 229-4106

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Alabama State University

Levi Watkins Library

Upcoming and Recent Programs

Walking in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Campus of Alabama State University

The event will feature an exhibit and discussion on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, highlighting his footsteps on Alabama State University's campus. An exhibit featuring artifacts belonging to Dr. King will also be on display.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 6 p.m.
Levi Watkins Learning Center Lecture Hall
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The 11th Annual Robert and Jean Graetz Symposium on Human Rights and Reconciliation: Coalition Building - In Pursuit of the Beloved Community

The symposium is designed to stimulate action-oriented citizens to work toward reconciliation while examining factors that divide ethnic groups. This year's symposium will focus on coalition building and feature guest speakers representing various ethnic groups.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. – noon
The National Center
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Lift Every Voice:


A newsletter from The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University. Fall 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 1.

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The Journey to Freedom: A Mural in Eight Parts


A Visual Interpretation of African-Americans’ Struggle for Recognition as Human Beings and First-Class Citizens

Commissioned by The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University

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