Tours and Special Events

Center for Civil and Human Rights

DPA has negotiated a reduced rate for all Reform Conference attendees to visit the Center for Civil & Human Rights. The Center was first imagined by civil rights legends Evelyn Lowery and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young. It is one of the few places in the world educating visitors on the bridge between the American Civil Rights Movement and the contemporary struggle for Human Rights around the world.

The Center is located a short half mile (or 9 minute walk) from the Omni Hotel @ CNN Center. Please note the following important information:

  • Transportation to the Center for Civil and Human Rights will not be provided.
  • The reduced rate of $14.00 + 8.9% tax is for a general admission ticket and grants you access to all the exhibits. If you care to bring along your spouse/significant other/friend/child, they will also be admitted at the reduced rate.
  • You will need to identify yourself as an attendee of the “International Drug Policy Reform Conference” at the ticket counter in order to receive the special rate. The special rate is available from Monday, October 9th through Sunday, October 15th

Atlanta Tours

Please sign up for these tours when you register for the conference.
Day Tour
October 12 or 13, 2017 - 1 PM - 4 PM
Meet in lobby of Omni Hotel at 12:30 PM
On this day tour, you will experience the King Center, the Carter Center and a driving tour highlighting those who influenced Atlanta’s civil and human rights led by a knowledgeable tour guide. On our drive down Auburn Avenue, we will stop at the King Center where you will see Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. & Mrs. King’s tomb, the eternal flame, and Ebenezer Baptist church where Dr. King performed his sermons. You will have the option to visit the Welcome Center and the Civil Rights Walk of Fame. We will drive by Dr. King’s final home, as well as the Herndon Home. The Carter Center houses Jimmy Carter’s presidential files, gifts given to him during his presidency and his Nobel Peace Prize.
Evening Tour
October 12 or 13, 2017 - 4 PM - 7 PM
Meet in lobby of Omni Hotel at 3:30 PM
Buckle up and get ready to experience Atlanta as told through our tour guide. The guide will talk about the civil and human rights activists and events that have taken place in Atlanta. We will drive by the Carter Center, the Booker T Washington Monument, the final home of Dr. King, the Herndon Home, Morehouse College and Lena Horne’s home. We will get out at the King Center to see the Civil Rights Walk of Fame, the Eternal Flame and Dr. and Mrs. King’s tomb. 
Meet Your Guide
Sharon Richardson, is a native Atlantean who enjoys sharing her fascinating city with the world! As a seventh-generation Georgian, she is a true daughter of the south. Moreover, the American civil rights movement occurred during her formative childhood years in Atlanta, giving her a “front row” seat to many of the events she discusses on her tours of Atlanta. Sharon has a true passion for history. She believes “the past is never forgotten; it’s never even past.”
Prior to joining the Atlanta tourist industry, Sharon worked for the Atlanta bureau of the Wall Street Journal. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holds an advanced degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. When not touring the city, she enjoys reading and tending to her garden.