On Friday, Jan. 12, the Newseum will open “1968: Civil Rights at 50,” a new exhibit that explores the tumultuous events that shaped the civil rights movement in 1968, when movement leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, unleashing anger and anguish across the country. “1968: Civil Rights at 50” is the sixth and final exhibit in an annual series, “Civil Rights at 50,” that began in 2013 with a look back at 1963. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 2, 2019.
Historic images and print news artifacts highlight the landmark events of 1968, including:
The exhibit also traces the dramatic social and political upheavals that formed the backdrop to these events, from anti–Vietnam War protests to the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and a defiant protest for human rights at the Mexico City Olympics. The deaths of King and Kennedy, two giants of civil rights and social change, left the nation reeling. King’s legacy of nonviolence was challenged by the rising militancy of Black Power — a movement that captured the confrontational spirit of the turbulent year. “1968: Civil Rights at 50” examines the relationship between the First Amendment and the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Contributing support for “1968: Civil Rights at 50” has been provided by Altria Group.