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King and Youth: Involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement


The Center for Civil and Human Rights Presents Martin Luther King, Jr. Letters and Key Documents from the American Civil Rights Movement 
 
Just in time for Black History month and Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, USA Today’s "Best Museum in Atlanta" showcases the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection as part six of its inaugural year exhibitions.

 

Atlanta, GA – January, 2016 – The Center for Civil and Human Rights is pleased to announce the newest rotation of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, which will feature, “King and Youth: Involvement in the American Civil Rights Movement.”
 
This new rotation includes:

  • An original letter drafted from Dr. King to Atlanta University Center students jailed during protests
  • An original letter from John Lewis when he was chairman of SNCC
  • The class roll from the Social Philosophy course taught by Dr. King
  • Dr. King’s Open Letter to Negro Youth


King and Youth: Involvement in the Civil Rights Movement will highlight Dr. King’s support of student involvement during the movement as well as the overall significance of student contributions during the American Civil Rights Movement. Documents, images and objects included illustrate the impact of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s sit-in movement led by various student leaders who emerged during this era. Further, the exhibition will examine how Dr. King adapted to shifts in how young people felt about nonviolent protest during various periods of the American Civil Rights Movement.
 
“The new exhibition is a clear example of how the Civil Rights Movement impacts the Human Rights Movements of today where students around the globe are creating change in the footsteps of leaders and activists of the past,” remarked Derreck Kayongo, CEO of The Center.
 
The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, comprising over 13,000 of Dr. King’s personal papers and effects, is designed to rotate every four months in the “Voice to the Voiceless Gallery,” giving museum visitors a rare, up-close look at some of Dr. King’s personal papers and possessions. The temporary exhibition space rotates on a parallel schedule.
 
The new exhibits, along with the permanent civil and human rights exhibitions, can be viewed at The Center­ Tuesday-Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sundays from 12 PM to 5:00 PM (last admittance at 4:00 PM).

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About the Center for Civil and Human Rights

The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Downtown Atlanta is an engaging cultural attraction that connects The American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. The Center features a continuously rotating exhibit from The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, which includes many of Dr. King’s documents and personal items. Visitors will be immersed in experiential exhibits through powerful and authentic stories, historic documents, compelling artifacts, and interactive activities. The Center is a source for ongoing dialogue — hosting educational forums and attracting world-renowned speakers and artists who work on a variety of human rights topics. For more information, visitwww.civilandhumanrights.org. Join the conversation on civil and human rights on Twitter @Ctr4CHR and Facebook..

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