Optional Tours in Atlanta:

USA Civil Rights to Global Human Rights

Learn about The American Civil Rights Movement and its significance for the progress of human rights across the world.

Atlanta is known for having the world’s busiest airports and its Coca-Cola (not soda, or pop, but Coke), but beyond being one of the largest transportation hubs in the States with a thriving Fortune 500 list and import/export economy with tons of consulates and trade deals, Atlanta is also a cultural and social leader on numerous fronts. Perhaps most recently with its moniker as the "Hollywood of the South", but its history, while not always well preserved, has over time led Atlanta to be considered a Black Mecca and a Welcoming City for our most recent foreign-born residents. Atlanta is no longer "The City Too Busy to Hate" or "Hot-lanta", and is no longer a city defined by black and white issues alone, however, it's that history that has allowed Atlanta to continue to grow, fail, innovate, struggle and thrive with each new iteration of itself. 

Because of its too-big-to-ignore ties to the Social Justice and Diversity/Inclusion themes of this year's conference our pre/post tours focus on this aspect of Atlanta. Please join us in Atlanta either before or after the conference to learn more about the city's rich history related to the US/American Civil Rights movement, as seen through the eyes of a young hometown local, Martin Luther King Jr. at the various locations of the MLK National Park, as well as learn about the links between the US Civil Rights movement and historical and current global human rights movements at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.  Walk or take the streetcar to some highlights in between these two locations!

Atlanta is a microcosm of diversity, culture, and history. Join us for an educational, active day exploring a few highlights of Atlanta! 

Pre-Conference Option:  Tuesday, October 29th, 2019   12:30 - 5:30 pm
Cost: $25

STOP 1: You will meet your local Atlanta guide (local SIETAR member!) in the lobby of the conference hotel, take MARTA public transit to downtown Atlanta, and walk to the first stop, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Learn about the links between the US Civil Rights movement and historical and current global human rights movements at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The group will spend approximately 2 hours here. 

STOP 2: The group will walk and take the streetcar to MLK Jr. National Historical Park, for an opportunity to see where MLK Jr. lived as a boy, pastored as a young man, and explore a museum dedicated to his life's work and the civil rights movement, and his final resting place. The group will have until 5pm to visit the various locations of the park. NOTE: if you want to visit MLK’s boyhood home, you must reserve a timeslot the same day at the park headquarters.  

Along the way, your local guide will point out some other history making locations, and also chat about the large immigrant population in the metro area, ranging from the most diverse square mile in the US (Clarkston, GA) to Buford Highway (We Love BuHi). 

The tour will end in MLK Park and you will be free to return to the conference hotel with the group or continue to explore downtown Atlanta on your own.

Post-Conference Option:  Sunday, November 3rd, 2019   9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Cost $25

STOP 1:  You will meet your local Atlanta guide (local SIETAR member!) in the lobby of the conference hotel, take MARTA public transit to downtown Atlanta, and walk to the first stop, the MLK Jr. National Historical Park, for an opportunity to see where MLK Jr. lived as a boy, pastored as a young man, and explore a museum dedicated to his life's work and the civil rights movement, and his final resting place. The group will spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the park. NOTE: if you want to visit MLK’s boyhood home, you must reserve a timeslot the same day at the park headquarters. 

STOP 2: The group will walk and take the streetcar to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Learn about the links between the US Civil Rights movement and historical and current global human rights movements at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.  The group will spend approximately 2 hours here. The tour will end at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and you will be free to return to the conference hotel with the group or continue to explore downtown Atlanta on your own.The group will spend approximately 2 hours here. The tour will end here. Along the way, your local guide will point out some other history making locations, and also chat about the large immigrant population in the metro area, ranging from the most diverse square mile in the US (Clarkston, GA) to Buford Highway (We Love BuHi).





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