“1967: Civil Rights at 50”

Open through Jan. 2, 2018 | Level 4

“Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement”

Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement

This companion exhibit features a section of the original F.W. Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., where in 1960 four African American college students launched the sit-in movement, and a bronze casting of the Birmingham, Ala., jail cell door behind which Martin Luther King Jr. penned his famous “Letter From Birmingham Jail” in 1963. Level 4

“We were forced to build America, and if forced to, we will tear it down.” — Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton

“1967: Civil Rights at 50” tells the dramatic story of the growing militancy of the struggle for racial justice in 1967. The exhibit uses powerful photos and images of historic newspapers and magazines to explore how African Americans used their First Amendment rights to fight for change — at times at great cost. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and boxing champion Muhammad Ali faced harsh criticism for challenging the Vietnam War, and Black Power activists Stokely Carmichael and H. Rap Brown alienated the press and the public by advocating militant tactics.

1967 also saw the deadliest rioting of the decade erupt in cities struggling with inequality, poverty and police violence, from Detroit to Newark, N.J. In Oakland, Calif., the Black Panther Party channeled anger over persistent inequality into radical action. After bursting into headlines with a dramatic armed protest at the California state capitol, the Panthers began to grow into a national movement by year’s end.

“1967: Civil Rights at 50” is part of a changing exhibit exploring the relationship between the First Amendment and the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Top photo credit: Neal Boenzi/New York Times Co./Getty Images

“1968: Civil Rights at 50” Opens Jan. 12, 2018

The assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. unleashed anger and anguish across the country in a year marked by anti-war protests, the death of Robert F. Kennedy and the rise of the Black Power movement.

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Contributing support for “1967: Civil Rights at 50” has been provided by Altria Group.