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Haro’s trip report: feeling and experiencing the civil rights era

Juan Haro ’19 — Today one of the locations we went to was the National Center for Civil Rights and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA. Going to this museum really open my eyes of how much activist had to go through for this movement. It showed me that many lives were lost for this movement, and also showed me all the pain people had to go through. There were also many lives of innocent children that were lost because of all the violence and hatred from the people that didn’t what equality. The reason I say this is because there was a part of the museum that caught my eyes.

The broken wood

In the picture right is wood from the church that got destroyed in Selma, AL by people that were against the movement, and those are the four innocent girls that died in that event. Seeing this made me feel angry towards the people that did this, but also made me feel sad because of how young and how much life these girls had left. This exhibit had the girls pictures on glass and girls singing on the speakers. This really helps someone that was not alive during this get immersed into this event. Since this happened in the 1960s , it is very difficult to actually get actual experiences from events in the civil rights era. A museum like this is the only way that one can experience what happen in the past. That is why coming to the museum really helped me feel and experience what is was like in civil rights era. That is something that movies and readings will not do because one can only imagine so much, but seeing it gives one a better perspective.