The mission of the Institute is to provide a platform for citizens of every walk of life to learn the important principles that underlie nonviolent advocacy. Central to this mission is a push to provide future leaders and “change agents” with opportunities to explore the moral, ethical, and theological imperatives for justice and human rights for all people.
Simply put, our Mission is to change lives for the better, in a real and permanent way.
The Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights at Clark Atlanta University provides a forum for dialogue and a laboratory for the analysis of issues related to a variety of social inequity: Human Rights, Workers’ Rights, Election Reform, Voting Rights, Anti-Poverty Measures, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Racism, and Sexism.
OUR FOUR PROGRAM AREAS | LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL
Civil & Human Rights
Includes Political & Civic Participation, Racial Justice, Women’s and Children’s Rights Violence
Includes Economic, Environmental, and Criminal Justice Violence
Literacy, Digital Divide, Violence
Poverty & Violence
THE VOICES OF CHANGE
Here at the Lowery Institute we devote much of our efforts towards our Change Agent Program. Through inter-generational transfer of knowledge, college students work with inner city elementary- high schoolers on conflict resolution daily – teaching them how to solve disagreements without violence..to find their voice without escalating conflict..to become servant leaders in their schools and community. And yet, all around them this culture of violence that too many have come to accept as normal, seems to reward conflict. All too often we witness the innocent profiled and mistreated. And once again, violence and misuse of power and authority has snuffed out a precious life. How do we channel our anger, not become bitter? How do we keep our rising Change Agents motivated to embrace nonviolence? Or as my father would say, to ‘Turn TO each other, and not ON each other’?
Today, we launch “The Voices of Change” a blog intended to provide a platform for discussion and examination of issues that we ought care about. It is our hope that we will find meaningful solutions and strategies to tackle the issues of violence that seek to destroy us all. A new set of blogs will start the conversation monthly. This month, the Lowery Institute Staff reacts to the senseless killing of Alton Sterling. Let’s talk the talk, then walk the walk. Our constructive conversations will dictate our actions.