An artist's sketch of the Center for Civil & Human Rights in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- The National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta has hired five key members of its management team in preparation for the site's opening on May 22.
The facility is under construction on Pemberton Place -- the same block that houses the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola.
New hires are:
Alexis Scott, publisher of the Atlanta Daily World. Scott, who has worked for local news organizations for 40 years, will leave the media industry to become the Center's vice president of member relations.
Judith Service Montier, vice president of marketing and communications for United Way of Greater Atlanta. Montier will serve as the Center's vice president of marketing.
Dina Bailey, most recently director of museum experiences at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bailey will serve as interpretation curator, overseeing the educational needs of the Center.
Marvin Douglas Bryant, president and chief executive officer of the Atlanta Micro Fund since 1999. Bryant will serve as the Center's vice president of finance.
Gabriel Wardell, former executive director of Cine -- a nonprofit community-based theatrical art house venue. Wardell will join as group sales director.
Chief Executive Officer Doug Shipman said of the new hires, "Our grand opening is fast approaching, and it's a great feeling to have a high caliber team of individuals leading us to a successful launch. I look forward to the contributions of each of our new additions."
The $80 million National Center for Civil and Human Rights will showcase both the modern American civil rights movement and the global quest for human rights.
The Center will also be the only place in the world to display the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection -- the papers that the City of Atlanta helped secure in a community-wide initiative in 2006 led by then-Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.
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(Atlanta Business Chronicle)