Newell Rubbermaid Pledges Support of New National Center for Civil and Human Rights

$500,000 donation to help build landmark cultural and educational institution in Downtown Atlanta

Dec 13, 2010, 08:00 ET from Newell Rubbermaid

ATLANTA, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Newell Rubbermaid will commit $500,000 to help construct and develop the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights facility in Downtown Atlanta.  

"As a space for ongoing dialogue and study of human rights issues, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights will become a valued addition to the Atlanta community," said Jackie Parker, Vice President of Inclusion & Diversity and Corporate Philanthropy at Newell Rubbermaid.  "We are proud to partner with the Center to advance global human rights as a part of our continued commitment to investing in the communities where our employees live and work."

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will feature permanent and rotating educational exhibitions and serve as a vibrant and dynamic hub of activity around both historical and contemporary civil and human rights issues.  The LEED-certified building is scheduled to break ground in 2011 and open in 2013, and will be located in Pemberton Place adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and Georgia Aquarium.  

Doug Shipman, CEO of the Center, said, "Newell Rubbermaid's generous support shows its commitment to the ideals behind the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and its care for the Atlanta community. We are excited to partner with them to make the Center a reality."

Newell Rubbermaid, headquartered in Atlanta with operations in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, joins other prominent corporate partners of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights including The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot Foundation, Turner Broadcasting System Inc., and The UPS Foundation.

About the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

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

About Newell Rubbermaid

Newell Rubbermaid Inc., an S&P 500 company, is a global marketer of consumer and commercial products with 2009 sales of approximately $5.6 billion and a strong portfolio of brands, including Rubbermaid®, Sharpie®, Graco®, Calphalon®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Levolor®, Paper Mate®, Dymo®, Waterman®, Parker®, Goody®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products® and Aprica®.

This press release and additional information about Newell Rubbermaid are available on the company's website,

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