Today marks the groundbreaking for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. The center's mission is "to continue the universal search for a secure human existence in a way that inspires vigilance and leadership among future generations." Rep. John Lewis made this statement to commemorate this effort:
"This is a powerful moment in the history of Atlanta, the city which served as the heartbeat of a mass movement in America that commanded respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. It is fitting and very appropriate that Atlanta preserve this great legacy through the building of a National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This museum will serve as a guiding light for future generations who will join the unending struggle for freedom and justice in our world. It will not only document and preserve the history of social justice movements, but it will also serve as a point of reflection and inspiration for thousands of visitors. This is a proud day for a great city."