The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (Center) recently announced a $250,000 gift from Jackmont Hospitality Inc. The announcement was made at the Center’s Women’s EmpowerMEnt Breakfast.
Jackmont executives are leading an effort among ten minority business owners to raise $2.5 million for the Center through a matching gift campaign. Jackmont’s pledge of $250,000 is in honor of its co-founder, the late Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and his legacy of encouraging business ownership among African Americans.
“Atlanta will be home to the Center because of our tradition of seeding human rights movements and leaders, and our uniqueness as a city that is always ready to change,” said Doug Shipman, CEO of the Center. “We invite the world to visit the Center.”
The Center’s capital campaign has raised more than $73 million, and $85 million is needed to break ground on the facility. The groundbreaking is slated for fall 2011.
“Jackmont’s $250,000 donation is the largest philanthropic contribution we have ever made to any nonprofit entity. We hope the gift will inspire other minority-owned businesses to make a contribution to help reach our overall goal of $2.5 million to benefit the Center,” said Daniel Halpern, president, CEO and founding principal, Jackmont Hospitality.
“We are very proud to assist in mobilizing the minority business community throughout the United States in support of the Center. This institution, located in Atlanta, will be a valuable institution throughout our nation and the world as we celebrate our shared history and apply the lessons in today’s world. My father and great grandfather, John Wesley Dobbs, both knew Atlanta would become the capitol of the new American South and a shining beacon of civil and human rights for the world. We make this gift in honor of Maynard’s tireless and visionary work,” said Jackson Edmond, SVP and founding principal, Jackmont Hospitality.
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 www.cchrpartnership.org.
Founded in 1994 by Daniel Halpern, Brooke Jackson Edmond, and her father, the late former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson Jr., Jackmont Hospitality is a full-service foodservice company. Since beginning operations with a single retail location, Jackmont Hospitality has grown dramatically and is included in the Black Enterprise list of 100 Top Industrial/Service Companies. Jackmont owns multiple T.G.I. Friday’s® casual dining franchises while also managing the dining programs for corporations and educational institutions.