Emory University to establish Center for Civil Rights and Social Justice


Emory University has received a grant from Southern Company Foundation to establish the Emory University School of Law Center for Civil Rights and Social Justice. The center will also support other school initiatives to promote student success and access. The grant, the largest gift ever given to Emory Law, is worth $7 million, with $5 million being earmarked for the center itself.

“I am grateful to Southern Company Foundation for this visionary investment,” said Emory President Gregory L. Fenves. “By making this historic and timely gift to Emory University, they have sent a powerful message about our shared commitment to civil rights and social justice. This grant will provide our students and scholars with the resources to lead in their fields and make breakthroughs to serve communities in Georgia and across the nation.”

Emory Law is already a school that focuses on civil rights and social justice, so this new center will bolster that vision even further, while also serving as a hub for community outreach, interdisciplinary scholarship, evidence-based policy reform, teaching, and research.

"We are incredibly pleased that Emory has further prioritized issues of social justice in our society with the recruitment of Professor Hutchinson as the John Lewis Chair earlier this year,” said Chris Womack, President, CEO, and Chairman of Georgia Power. “Through this new center, we now look forward to helping Emory Law build programs to advance civil rights, equity, and justice in our community and nationwide."

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