Karcheik Sims-Alvarado


Karcheik Sims-Alvarado Ph.D. is the author of Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1944-1968 and serves as the CEO of Preserve Black Atlanta, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to identifying, recording, and preserving African-American history and culture in Atlanta, Ga.

Over the years, she has taught at various colleges and universities in Atlanta and has worked with some of Atlanta’s leading historical institutions and museums: the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Atlanta History Center, and The Herndon Home.

More recently, she has served as the Program Director of the John Lewis Fellowship with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. She currently serves as the leading authority on Alonzo Herndon, Atlanta’s first black millionaire and the founder of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company.

Dr. Sims-Alvarado lives in Atlanta with her husband, Joel Alvarado, and their son, Nation.