National Race Amity Institute

The National Race Amity Institute, scheduled to open in 2024, is envisioned as a center of research, education, training, youth outreach and the arts, to be housed in the Be on Edgewood community center in Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn district, only a block and a half from the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The National Race Amity Institute is anticipated to open in Spring 2024 in the Be on Edgewood complex, located at 395 Edgewood Ave. SE in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn District. Permitting and other preparations are underway for the construction and renovation of the planned 8,000 square-foot facility, with 3,000 square feet dedicated for use by the National Race Amity Institute.

Be on Edgewood will offer office space for local businesses and nonprofits, as well as flexible spaces for community gatherings and performances. Atlanta-based Yavari Development Corporation provided philanthropic support to the project, and the City of Atlanta provided a $1.45 million grant to assist with the renovation and construction at the historic preservation site.


Honorary Committee

  • Penn Badgley (Actor/Activist)
  • Liz Cheng (General Manager WGBH Television)
  • Dr. Johnetta Cole (Educator/CEO National Council of Negro Women)
  • Ben Cohen (Co-Founder, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream/Activist)
  • Janet Langhart -Cohen (Journalist, Author, Playwright)
  • Willam S. Cohen (Former Senator and US Secretary of Defense)
  • Celeste Headlee (NPR/CNN Journalist/Author)
  • Dolores Huerta (Civil Rights Icon)
  • Cornel West (Philosopher and former Professor at Harvard and Princeton)
  • Rainn Wilson (Actor/Activist)

Programs and Activities

Learn about some of the new programs that will be offered at the National Race Amity Institute, including the Campus Conversations on Race, Race Amity Leadership Academy, Student Theater Project, Leadership Symposiums, and others.

Naming and Sponsorship Opportunities

High-profile naming and sponsorship opportunities are available in the heart of Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn District, in a state-of-the-art facility that will attract a steady stream of tourists, thought leaders, students, activists and others who will attend training sessions, seminars, and entertainment programs throughout the year.

Godmothers of Race Amity Brick Campaign

Purchase a brick in the National Race Amity Institute’s entry plaza and engrave it with the dedication or uplifting message of your choice. Facing vibrant Edgewood Ave., the plaza will be dedicated to the “Godmothers of Race Amity,” Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt, whose friendship is an iconic example of race amity in action.

Upcoming Events

News and Stories

Site of National Race Amity Institute in Atlanta Receives Grant Funding

Site of National Race Amity Institute in Atlanta Receives Grant Funding

Last year, plans for the development of the National Race Amity Institute in Atlanta were slowed considerably by Covid-19. Recently, the program received a huge boost with a recent announcement by the city of Atlanta of a $1.45 million grant for the “Be on Edgewood”...

NCRA Gifted Space In New Development For Race Amity Institute

NCRA Gifted Space In New Development For Race Amity Institute

Murals grace the walls of building in historic Sweet Auburn District which is planned site for a new multistory complex where the Race Amity Institute will be housed as the anchor ground floor tenant.National Center for Race Amity (NCRA) to receive gift establishing a...