Rev. Martin Luther King and Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, Chicago

The Center for Civil and Human Rights was founded in 1973 by the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., then-president of Notre Dame and a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from its inception during the Eisenhower Administration until 1973. Father Ted was able to launch the Center with a grant from the Ford Foundation, as an institute for advanced research and teaching.

This timeline charts the history of CCHR from its founding to the present day. Use it to learn about key players in CCHR's development, follow its evolving mission, and read samples of Center research.

1973-1976: Founding a Civil Rights Center

1977-1987: Promoting Civil and Human Rights

1988-1998: Educating Human Rights Lawyers

The 21st Century: A Notre Dame Legacy