The entire campus is welcome to join the celebration on Thursday, Sept. 29.
Schedule of Events
10 a.m. – John Lewis Student Center Dedication Ceremony
Location: Atlantic Theater
Leaders from Georgia Tech and across the state will share perspectives on the John Lewis Student Center during this formal dedication ceremony.
10:45 a.m. – Student Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
We will kick off the Campus Community Celebration with a formal ribbon cutting, taking place at the first floor entrance of the John Lewis Student Center near the Campanile.
11 a.m. – Conversations with Cabrera featuring author Kabir Sehgal, historian Doug Flamming, scholar Joycelyn Wilson, and President Ángel Cabrera.
Location: Cypress Theater
Join us for a live filming of Conversations with Cabrera. President Ángel Cabrera will moderate a discussion focused on John Lewis' legacy and how he influenced the next generation of leaders.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Campus Community Celebration
The entire campus is encouraged to explore the new space with activities and celebrations on each floor. This includes performances in Atlantic Theater, Ramblin' Reck Club Trivia in Cypress Theater, dining discounts throughout the building, merchandise discounts at Burdell's, and student organizations hosting activities.
The entire campus community is invited to attend.
No RSVP is required but space is limited. Please plan to arrive early.
A recording of the ceremony and Conversations with Cabrera will be available a week after the event.
John Lewis' Legacy
The son of Alabama sharecroppers, Representative John Lewis of Georgia dedicated his life to advancing the cause of freedom and equality in America. As a leader in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Lewis challenged Jim Crow segregation and oppression across the South through nonviolent protest. Lewis often put his own physical safety on the line and his bold, peaceful stands against discrimination were often met with violence. In 1965, Alabama state troopers in the town of Selma attacked Lewis and other demonstrators with clubs and tear gas during a march for voting rights. Images of the assault were broadcast around the country and directly contributed to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Two decades later, in 1986, Lewis was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from an Atlanta district, part of a new generation of Black lawmakers from the South made possible by Lewis’ tireless work to expand access to the ballot. During his more than three decades in Congress, Lewis was a formidable legislator who exerted moral and political leadership within the Democratic Party and who never forgot his activist roots.
About the project
The dedication of the John Lewis Student Center is one part of a large $110 million campus center project that spans over three years of construction, encompasses five buildings with 232,350 square feet of interior space, spread out among 11 acres. The expansion of the building is student-centered, creating space for everyone to gather, connect, and the work embraces the themes of community and of wellness for students.