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After the aquarium, we took a 5 minute walk across Centennial Square to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, which is a museum dedicated to the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. and the broader human rights movements around the world. It’s very moving, and works as designed to give a good idea of what the people in the middle of these movements were experiencing.
Heading over to the center, with my Tante and Mom.
Some of the main segregationists from the Civil Rights Movement period. The kind of people the current Supreme Court majority would presumably like to see back in power. We can’t let that happen.
Ruby Bridges. She’s as old now as my Oma* was when I was 9 years old (older than she, Ruby, was in this picture). The past is not even really the past, yet.
*The mother of the two women in the first picture in this set.
Guidelines for nonviolent protesters. The people who were in charge were extremely thoughtful, organized, and diligent; making sure to keep their eyes and actions focused on the main goal, and well aware of the power of image.
I don’t have a photo, but in this room, there was a display on the lunch counter sit-ins, at which you sat at a counter and put on surround-sound headphones, and then got to listen to about 90 seconds worth of awful racist taunts and threats; the surround sound made it sound very realistic (some voices were closer than others, including some that sounded right behind you) and gave me a good appreciation for the self-control that the sit-ins had to muster and maintain to deal with the threatening push-back from segregationists.
The human rights portion of the museum was also moving. Here we see some major human rights violators, and their current status (as of November 2019).
A display on the role of wider society in human rights violations.
Some notable fighters for human rights, including Mandela, Havel, King, and Yelena Bonner (Andrei Sakharov’s wife).