A City, a Story, a Movement…

February 08, 2018
Laura Beck, The Eden Alternative

The right to determine how you are cared for, the right to live a life that truly reflects and celebrates who you are, regardless of age or ability – these are basic human rights.  Worth rising up for? We, at The Eden Alternative, say “YES!”  What better place to frame this call to action than Atlanta, the host city of the 2018 Eden Alternative International Conference.  In the 1960’s, Atlanta was the cradle of the US civil rights movement and the birthplace of civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  This rich legacy is memorialized in several historic sites and museums that stand in honor of the rights of all human beings everywhere.  Here is just a taste of what you can explore in this great city:

The King Center (aka the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent and Social Change) was established in 1968. Its mission is to honor and continue the important social justice work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Drawing more than 650,000 visitors from around the world each year, the King Center features educational exhibits, archives, the final resting place of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King, and his birth home.

The Center for Civil and Human Rights is listed as one of Atlanta’s Top Ten tourist attractions and strives to “connect the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s global human rights movements.”  Using powerful, experiential exhibits the Center is committed to helping visitors make a meaningful, personal connection to human rights issues in general.

Ebenezer Baptist Church is a “global ministry dedicated to individual growth and social transformation.” More than 120 years old, Ebenezer has made a commitment to speaking “on behalf of the oppressed, disenfranchised and underprivileged.”  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached his powerful message of hope and equality here in Ebenezer’s Heritage Sanctuary.

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is home to the second Nobel Peace Prize that one can view in Atlanta.  In 2002, former President Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize for “his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”  Visit the Carter Center to experience and explore this rich legacy.

Rise UP. Change Starts Here.

Martin Luther King had a dream.  What is yours?

Join us May 3-5, 2018.  Early Bird Registration for the conference has been extended until February 16thClick here to learn more and to register.

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