As of April 4th of this year it will be 50 since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was 39 years old. The story didn't end there this quest for equality and equal opportunity. Nor did it begin when he moved forward with the non-violent protesting of racial injustice. This story started with the slave trade and the museum chronicles the journey.
The National Civil Rights Museum takes you through this story. It is masterfully done. It tells the compelling story of not just what happened in this journey but as importantly when, why and how these events transpired. This museum is like “re-living" the history of the struggle for equality.
It has been 50 years and many questions still remain. Take the time to take in what the museum has to offer.
BK Travel Tip: It isn't necessarily a place to bring young children since there is so much to read as you walk through the exhibits. Be aware that many schools visit on field trips so try to stay flexible with your time. I Googled National Civil Rights Museum on the day I was going to visit only to find out that using their Popular Times tracker the museum was packed that day...."Live: Busier than usual". I decided to go the next morning and arrived when the doors opened at 9:00 - at a time before the buses of tourists, field trips or organized groups would arrive. I had the first hour almost to myself.......but soon afterwards there were crowds....big crowds but by then I had seen most of the museum.
I do hope you visit - it is disturbing as to how difficult our society has made life for so many others but on the other hand....I left with a feeling of hope that although it is a struggle progress has been made even with still so much left to do.
BK Travel Tips
To enjoy travel and see the world and often yourself as if for the first time and with with the eyes of a young child.