Recognizing an Imperfect Past: A History and Race Initiative

Race is an integral part of the American story. While our diversity has been a source of great strength, all too often we have failed to achieve the promises of equality and justice proclaimed in our founding documents. Beginning with the enslavement of Africans during the colonial period and continuing with warfare and genocide against indigenous peoples, Jim Crow, lynchings, Japanese internment camps, and violent opposition to the Civil Rights movement, racial injustice has characterized much of our national experience and continues to plague our society.

Through Recognizing an Imperfect Past: A History and Race Initiative, the Georgia Historical Society seeks to educate and use the power of our shared history to foster difficult but necessary conversations that will offer all Americans new and deeper perspectives on the past and the present. Participating companies have the opportunity to help their employees, students, and the general public to better understand the role that race has played in shaping Georgia and the United States. For more details on how your business can be a part of this program, please contact Christy Crisp at

“Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part.”

-John Lewis


We encourage businesses to join Recognizing an Imperfect Past: A History and Race Initiative.