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Clark Atlanta University To Host Former President Jimmy Carter

Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2015


Donna Brock

Larry Calhoun

ATLANTA (Feb. 5, 2015) – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, America’s 39th commander in chief, will deliver a keynote address on human trafficking at Clark Atlanta University Friday, Feb. 13, at 1p.m. in the Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W. Atlanta 30314.  He will sign copies of his most recent book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power” (Simon and Schuster, 2014), immediately following his speech.

The event, sponsored by Clark Atlanta University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, is free and open to the public.  CAU Dean of Multicultural Affairs Luis Miletti, Ph.D., says, “Inviting a world-renowned leader of former President Carter’s character and expertise advances the University’s plan to create multicultural discourse that precipitates local, national and global action on critical issues such as this one.  We are honored to have him share firsthand his ongoing work in this arena.”

Carter, the author of 28 books, is an outspoken advocate on human trafficking.  In “A Call to Action,” he addresses the abuse of women, in particular, calling it “the worst and most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violations on earth.”  At the time of the book’s publication, a report by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute and the U.S. Department of Justice ranked Atlanta as the number-one trading point for sexual slavery in America, with 100 to 200 girls being sold into slavery every month and revenues believed to surpass those generated by the city’s illegal gun and drug trades combined.  FBI data ranks Atlanta among the nation’s 14 top cities for domestic minor sex trafficking, with some 300 girls lured into trafficking monthly.  A May 2014 Georgia Bureau of Investigation study documented a range of victims, primarily in “non-rural areas;” 190 cases involving at least one victim were identified by law enforcement, while 500 cases were reported by victim services organizations.  The World Health Organization estimates that one in three women globally is subjected to sexual violence at some point in their lives, with about 14 million girls under the age of 18 given away as child brides annually.

The Nobel Peace Prize recipient in 2000 severed ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, citing its patterned, “rigid” gender inequity as an “excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries.”  In a 2009 open letter, he wrote, “At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime.”

Carter founded The Carter Center with his wife Rosalynn in 1982.  Guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering, The Center seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health around the world.  He is University Distinguished Professor at Emory University and the author of 28 books.  At home in Plains, Ga., he continues to teach Sunday School and is a deacon in the Maranatha Baptist Church. 

“This historic visit,” said CAU President Carlton E. Brown, “affirms and elevates our University’s commitment to eradicate violence against women.  From our education and advocacy programs on dating and domestic violence to our campaigns against campus sexual assault, Clark Atlanta continues to crusade against these crimes.  We are inspired and energized by former President Carter’s work and invite the opportunity to learn from his wisdom and vast global experience.”

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