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National Center’s Mission
The Mission of the Alabama State University Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture is two-fold: to serve as a clearinghouse for information concerning Montgomery, Alabama's pivotal role in the shaping and development of the modern civil rights movement...
National Center’s Vision
In August of 1997, then Alabama State University president Dr. William H. Harris assembled selected staff, faculty, and administrators to determine the feasibility of creating a center for civil rights research. Out of that meeting, Dr. Janice Franklin was selected to serve as project director...
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.
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.
- National Center Honors Alumnus for Outstanding Years of Service
- Remembering civil rights activist Medgar Evers
- New president brings sense of urgency to Morehouse
- Jeannie Graetz Literacy Program
- Inscription On Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial To Be Removed
- King's Forgotten Manifesto