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Holy Innocents' partners with Center for Civil and Human Rights
Holy Innocents' partners with Center for Civil and Human Rights

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (HIES) has been named an Affiliate Partner with Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., in downtown Atlanta—an engaging cultural attraction connecting the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. The partnership is particularly appropriate for a school whose mission is, in part, to develop in students a respect for self and others.

“As an Episcopal school, we are called and compelled to stand for inclusivity of culture, diversity of thought, and the worth and dignity of every human being,” said Head of School Paul Barton.

The collaboration will not only give Holy Innocents’ access to educational programming, but also provide professional development opportunities, internships, and special admission fees. School-sponsored field trips to The Center will be free for the HIES community, for example, and students and families will enjoy discounts on admission. The Center’s staff will also deliver up to 10 hours of curriculum support.

“Having this type of partnership provides opportunities for inclusive dialogue as we prepare global leaders of tomorrow,” said Keith A. White, HIES Director of Community Outreach and Associate Director of Admissions. “Through this partnership, our community will have access to a plethora of programs and experiences as we foster in our students a respect for self and others and a sense of service to the world community.”

The Center for Civil and Human Rights opened on June 23, 2014, not far from the birthplace of Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., whose speeches, letters and artifacts are exhibited in a special gallery of rotating items from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. The Center also includes a powerful exhibit with a mock 1950s lunch counter where visitors can enact the part of protesters, sitting on vibrating stools and wearing headphones that help them to experience the insults, taunts, knocks and other indignities that protestors endured.

Martyrs to the Movement are remembered at The Center—fast becoming a landmark to the struggle for liberty—as well as those involved in newer, broader cases of the inspiring fight for global human rights.

“Our purpose is to create a safe space for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities,” said Dina Bailey, The Center’s Director of Educational Strategies.

For more information about The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, visit www.civilandhumanrights.org.

More about Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, the largest Episcopal day school in the country, can be found at www.hies.org.