On Common Ground News
By Valerie Morgan
Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong is proposing legislation authorizing $42,500 in funding to help the Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. continue its mission of connecting the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s global Human Rights Movement.
Last year, it was reported that the Atlanta tourist’s attraction was struggling to meet projected revenues. CEO Derrick Kayongo said the center’s attendance revenues covered less than 50 percent of its costs, forcing the center to rely on donations to make up the rest. Kayongo said total revenue for 2015 was $5.5 million, with $2.6 million coming from about 200,000 in paid admissions, events and retail, and $2.9 million received as donations and gifts. The center had about $3 million in expenses for that period, and spent an additional $1.95 million to repay half of a $3 million working capital loan, the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Archibong, an ardent supporter of diversity and inclusion, said this week that the center is a treasure that must be supported.
Archibong has authored and co-sponsored several pieces of legislation that encourage inspires matters of acceptance and tolerance including legislation to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial initiative, “From Civil War to Civil Rights.”