Chief Design Officer

Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, Ph. D.

Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado is Chief Design Officer for The Arc of Justice Project. In this role, she has the primary responsibility for designing the exhibits that will form the core features of  the traveling exhibit - Under the Color of Law.

Popularly known as the Historian in Heels, Dr. Sims-Alvarado has devoted nearly twenty years to the scholarship and preservation of African-American history and culture. She is founder and CEO of Preserve Black America, LLC, a research firm dedicated to documenting the African-American odyssey in the United States and throughout the Western-Atlantic hemisphere. She is the author of Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1944-1968, a pictorial essay of the modern civil rights activities in Atlanta. Images from her book are part of a photography exhibit along the east and west side trails of the Atlanta Beltline. The exhibit stretches across four miles of the combined trails, making it the longest public photography exhibition on civil and human rights in the United States.

Dr. Sims-Alvarado has worked in some of the leading museum institutions in Atlanta: the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Atlanta History Center, and the Herndon Home Museum. In 2015 and 2016, she served as Program Director for the John Lewis Fellowship at Humanity in Action, and is a former history professor at Agnes Scott College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Georgia State University.

Dr. Sims-Alvarado earned her Ph.D. in History from Georgia State University and is currently pursuing a M.A. degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University. She is also a multi-recipient of the prestigious National Endowment for Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and the Georgia Historical Society.