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Christina Whitenton Papers on Social Justice

Identifier: MS467

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There is little information about Christina Whitenton. In 2001, she was a member of Georgia Tech GALA, the alliance of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons and allies. She was probably part of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, since some of her colleagues acknowledged her help in a field study. There is no evidence to state that she was an undergraduate or graduate student, but considering the nature of the material in this collection, it is probable that she was a Masters students and that these papers are the results of her research while at Georgia Tech.


  • 1987-2001


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Scope and Contents

The Christina Whitenton Papers on Social Justice contains reports, newspapers, press releases, newsletters and other materials about NGOs that participated in the World Conference against Racism, held in South Africa in 2001. The collection also includes notes, news, reports, pamphlets, and flyers about non-governmental organizations (NGO) that worked in Atlanta area in 2001.

History of the World Conference Against Racism and non-profit organizations in Hancock county

The World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance was a conference organized in 2001 by the United Nations, held at the Durban International Convention Centre, in Durban, South Africa from August 31 to September 7. The conference, also known as Durban I, was part of a broader initiative of the United Nations of holding events against racism and racial discrimination. Other important and related conferences were the First and Second World Conference to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, held in 1978 and 1983, respectively. In 2009, the United Nations organized a Second World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, known as Durban Review Conference or Durban II. In 2011, a United National General Assembly meeting to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Durban I was held in New York City. It became known as Durban III. At Durban I, The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action was adopted by the governmental delegates attending the Conference with the exception of two delegations: the United States and Israel. Two main controversial issues were discussed and resulted in the withdrawal of the two delegations mentioned: the issue of compensation for colonialism and slavery and the issue of associating Zionism with racism. The NGO Forum was a forum held separate from the conference that lasted from August 28 to September 1st 2001. More than 8,000 representatives from more than three thousands NGOs attended the forum which adopted an official declaration.


Hancock County, located 100 miles southeast of Atlanta, is home to three non-profit organizations whose material is included in this collection. According to the 2010 census, Hancock population was approximately 9,500, with more than 80% being African American. In 1990, a company received government approval to build a recycling/waste facility about six miles of Sparta, the largest city in the county. This event created opposition from residents and environmentalists. Hancock County Community Collaborative was a non-profit organization in Hancock county whose main goal was to improve the social, economic, environmental, and political conditions of the families who lived in the county. The Center for Community Development was a Hancock non-profit organization focused on issues of education, training, housing, and cultural activities. Environmental Community Action (Eco-action) is a non-profit organization whose work confronts environmental health threats. Eco-action focus is on providing assistance and training to people outside the traditional circles of power and influence.


Arranged into two series

  1. Series 1 - Environment and Social Justice, 1987, 2001 [Box 1]
  2. Series 2 - World Conference Against Racism, 2001 [Box 2]

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

Related Materials

On racism: Ronald H. Bayor Papers, MS450 On other non-profit organizations: Georgia Tech Women's Forum Records, UA026 and Georgia Tech Athletic Association Annual Reports, UP014 On Conferences: Atomic Energy for Industry Conference, MF030 and Georgia Conference of the American Association of University Professors Records, MS033

Processing Information

Amanda Domingues processed these papers in 2017.

Inventory of Christina Whitenton Papers on Social Justice, 1987-2001
Amanda Domingues
Copyright September 2017
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Repository Details

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