My Trip to: Center for Civil and Human Rights

AUTHOR:  Wilson Bautista
DATE:  06/08/2020

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” -Margaret Mead

wall mural at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

An Experience

A trip to Atlanta two years ago changed the way I viewed the world. In elementary school and middle school during Black History month they would always discuss the many achievements of black inventors and innovators that made a difference. Plus the one day in January that we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King. As I walked through the exhibits I was filled with emotions of pride, anger, hope and love.

picture taken at Center for Civil and Human Rights.
image taken at the Center for Human and Civil Rights.
picture taken at Center for Civil and Human Rights.

The pride came from astounding greatness that has been achieved through so much adversity. The images from the 1950’s, the Freedom Riders were hurtful and filled me with anger. The Lunch Counter exhibit was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I sat at the lunch counter with my headphones on, eyes closed and head down. As police and protesters yelled at us to get up and dogs barking behind us.

Bang! Bang!

I jumped as a club hits you in the back of the head. It actually brought me to tears.

As I continued to walk through the museum visibly shaken by the experience, I came to a door with a sign that says no pictures. I put my phone away and I started to look around. It was a room dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King. As I read the correspondence that Dr. Martin Luther King was receiving in support of his non-violent movement. Dr. Martin Luther King’s writings were filled with inspiration and human emotion. It showed that with hope and love you can overcome hate. I left the Center for Civil and Human Rights a better person.

We all must be the change that we aspire to be!

picture taken at Center for Civil and Human Rights.

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