National Center for Civil and Human Rights Announces 2nd Annual Films That Matter Partners and Line-Up

“Art on the Atlanta BeltLine” and Central Atlanta Progress Extend Reach of Civil and Human Rights Film Series

(Atlanta), August 17, 2011 – The National Center for Civil and Human Rights announces its September, 2011 line-up for Films That Matter. The second annual series features mainstream hits with civil and human rights themes and will take place on consecutive Friday evenings from September 9-30. All events are free and open to the public. This year, Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and the Atlanta BeltLine are coming together with the Center to add locations and family-entertainment options to each night.

“Films That Matter is a fun way to acknowledge the power of visual arts and storytelling to transform our civil and human rights perspectives,” said Doug Shipman, CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. “Movies grip us in a profound way and we are very proud to bring this free, outdoor experience to four Atlanta communities in partnership with CAP and the Atlanta BeltLine.”

“’Art on the Atlanta BeltLine’ is a celebration of art, the community and public spaces, and we are thrilled to bring it together with Films That Matter,” said Brian Leary, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “We’re very excited about this new partnership with the Center for Civil and Human Rights and CAP/ADID to bring free arts and culture to Atlanta.”

“We are proud to support and be a part of Films That Matter for a second year,” said A.J. Robinson, president of Central Atlanta Progress/ Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. “This wonderful film series isn’t just a fun, family-friendly event, it serves as a cultural outlet to communities that may not have traditional access to the humanities, and sheds light on issues that are important to all citizens of Atlanta.”

The 2011 films and locations are:

  • September 9- The Constant Gardener – Atlanta BeltLine corridor – Reynoldstown (next to H. Harper Station)
  • September 16- The Pursuit of Happyness – Washington Park
  • September 23- Remember the Titans – Woodruff Park
  • September 30- Philadelphia (in collaboration with the AIDS Memorial Quilt) – Historic Fourth Ward Park

This year’s film locations include three parks and green spaces on the Atlanta BeltLine, giving guests an opportunity to enjoy the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine temporary art exhibit, including live performances before some of the films. The September 30 screening of Philadelphia will commemorate 30 years of the AIDS epidemic and will be presented in collaboration with the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

About the National Center for Civil and Human Rights:
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will display The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection (King Papers), the award-winning Without Sanctuary lynching exhibit and serve as a hub for ongoing dialogue, attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. Located in Downtown Atlanta at Pemberton Place and equipped with broadcast and event space, the Center will host civil and human rights conversations among scholars, organizations and the public. For more information, visit

About the Atlanta BeltLine:
The Atlanta BeltLine is the most comprehensive economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), formed by the Atlanta Development Authority, is the entity tasked with planning and executing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine in partnership with other public and private organizations, including City of Atlanta departments. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP) is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine, working with the community and partners to raise general awareness and support, and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to address social concerns. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit

About Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District:
Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. (CAP) is a Downtown business association with over 200 members. Its mission is to build a 21st century Downtown as the heart of the Atlanta Region – a vibrant community with strong leadership and sustainable infrastructure that is safe, livable, diverse, economically viable, accessible, clean, hospitable and entertaining. It is governed by a 60 plus-member Board of Directors, including an Executive Committee that oversees the monthly operational decisions on behalf of the Board. The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) is a 510(c)(3) non-profit organization created by CAP to keep Downtown vibrant, safe and clean.

Isha Lee, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Ethan Davidson, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Lynn Williamson, Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District

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