Former President Jimmy Carter answers questions during a news conference at a Habitat for Humanity project Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Carter fell at home on Sunday, requiring over a dozen stitches, but he did not let his injuries keep him from participating in his 36th building project with the nonprofit Christian housing organization. He turned 95 last Tuesday, becoming the first U.S. president to reach that milestone.
Photo: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
Photo: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

Jimmy Carter, fresh off fall and Habitat build, to host Atlanta summit

Carter Center’s Human Rights Defenders Forum starts Saturday

Fresh from a nasty spill that gave him a black eye and 14 stitches, former President Jimmy Carter is keeping a busy schedule.

This weekend, Carter, currently participating in a Habitat for Humanity build in Nashville, is scheduled to host the Carter Center’s 12th Human Rights Defenders Forum.

Running from Saturday until Tuesday in Atlanta, the forum will gather dozens of activists, peacemakers and community leaders from 28 countries to talk about “Building Solidarity toward Equality for All.”

The former president is scheduled to attend the final day of the conference, offering remarks to the attendees on Tuesday morning, followed by a question and answer session to close out the conference at 3:50 p.m.

Session topics include global protection for activists, challenges for women defenders and peacemakers, and the importance of mutually supporting civil, economic, political and social rights.

Three sessions on Tuesday will be livestreamed on and

Viewers can participate and submit questions using the hashtag #BuildingSolidarity.

The theme of this year’s conference builds on the work that the Carter Center has been doing, but also points it toward the future. In September, Carter said that when he finally relinquishes power at the Carter Center, he wants to make sure the organization continues to work on “securing human rights.”

But the question is when.

Earlier this year, Carter fell on his way to a turkey hunt and broke his hip. Two weeks later, he was back teaching Sunday school.

Last Sunday, hours before he was scheduled to be in Nashville for a Habitat event, the 95-year-old Carter tripped at his Plains home and bumped his head.

He got stitches, put on a Braves cap and hopped a plane to Nashville to build houses.

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