The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta is a relatively new museum opened June 23, 2014 in the same general park space of downtown Atlanta as Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola.
American Civil Rights Movement covers one floor with exhibits for key events of the 1950s and 1960s. The upper floor exhibits focus on international human rights and struggles globally for rights and freedom.
I put together a 12 minute video of my October 2018 experience visiting exhibits in the Atlanta museum.
There is no narration and only a few image captions added to my videos and photos. Video of some of the exhibits gives a sense of the multimedia experience of the museum, along with some select photos I included to tell a story. There is a stark difference between the sound video and silence, but I think it provides time to reflect on the still images. Besides adding music is a time-consuming step in video production. This is a video project I can improve some time in the future.
The Civil Rights rooms have significantly more information and reading material to spend a couple hours. I lucked out with uncrowded rooms in the afternoon of my museum visit with the ability to capture the sound of the museum and not the voices of visitors.
The first 30 minutes and initial rooms I toured were jam packed with visitors. I retraced my way through the first set of rooms at the end of one walk through the museum when few people were there.
Rather than narrate the video, here are links to some of the key events in the Center for Civil and Human Rights exhibits in my video.
Segregation and Jim Crow Laws
Segregation in the United States (wikipedia).
Aftermath of Brown v Board of Education – Library of Congress.
Segregation – New Georgia Enyclopedia
Jim Crow Laws – wikipedia
The police beating that opened America’s eyes to Jim Crow’s brutality – The Conversation
The Sit-In Movement 1960
The Sit-In Movement – U.S. History.org
Sit-ins – Stanford University Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute
Freedom Riders 1961
The Freedom Riders, Then and Now – Smithsonian
Freedom Rides – Stanford University Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom August 28, 1963
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – National Park Service
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – Stanford University Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute
The March on Washington – Library of Congress
Birmingham, Alabama 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing September 15, 1963
Birmingham Bombing (Sixteenth Street Baptist Church) – Civil Rights Digital Library
Remembering the Birmingham Church Bombing – Smithsonian audio
Mississippi Murders Summer 1964
Murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner – wikipedia
Murder in Mississippi – American Experience
Selma to Montgomery March 1965
Selma-to-Montgomery March – National Park Service National Historic Trail
Selma to Montgomery March – Stanford University Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute
Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination April 4, 1968
Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. – Stanford University Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute
The Riots That Followed the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (35 photos) – The Atlantic
MLK: THE ASSASSINATION TAPES (series of short videos) – Smithsonian