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Published on May 12th, 2016 |


Center for Civil and Human Rights CEO to address NCA meeting

Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, will be the featured speaker at the May 18 meeting of the Northwest Community Alliance (NCA) at 7 p.m at the Northside Church of God, 1736 Harper Street NW.

Center for Civil and Human Rights CEO Derrick Kayongo.

Center for Civil and Human Rights CEO Derrick Kayongo.

Kayongo became the CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in December of 2015.

Kayongo was born in Uganda, where he fled the oppressive regime of Idi Amin.  After staying in Kenya for 5 years, Kayongo came to the US as a student and graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts.

Kayongo served for a US congressman and became a director for the American Friends Services Committee, one of the country’s most revered social justice institutions.

Kayongo founded the Global Soap Project which focused on recycling of soap, partnered with Clean the World which has recycling plants in Las Vegas, Orlando, Hong Kong and new ones planned for China and  Italy.

Global Soap Project currently operates in over 90 countries, partnering with 5,000 hotels and has given away soap to people affected by earthquakes, the Ebola crisis and other humanitarian disasters.  Kayonga was one of CNN’s Top Ten Heroes in 2011.

By the center’s own words “The Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movement.  Our purpose is to create a safe place for visitors to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they leave inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities.”

The Center was first imagined by civil rights legends Evelyn Lowery and former UN Ambassador Andrew Young and was launched by former Mayor Shirley Franklin.

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