Civil Rights Museum Reflection Essay: I Am A Man

The civil rights museum is magnificent. I love the fact the museum preserved the outside exactly the way it looked in April, 1968. There were cars parked in front of the motel to give a feel as if we were there on the day of his assassination and a wreath was placed where Dr. King was shot. When we got inside the museum there were posted scenes of slavery from the time it began to the time it ended. The museum was very organized with heavy security. In today’s society, I guess having enough security is very sufficient. I am thankful the tour guide, which kept on schedule and in fact they kept us from getting lost. The staff was wonderful, everything was explained about polices and regulations before the tour, so we would not be in any violations …show more content…
This slogan was used to get the attention that sanitation workers needed equal jobs with equal pay. I thought this slogan was used for blacks to be recognized in this country as equals to any man. Another exhibit got my attention was the black jacket and what it represented. The words on the jacket stated Black Power. I thought when men wore this jacket it brought negative attention for the blacks to endure, but I was wrong as was many others. The words Black Power stood for much more than just riotous living; it stood for the things minorities needed to have equality in this country. This meant the right to an education, equal employment, and a right to carry fire arms. I can only imagine the struggle that blacks went through to be free and equal in a country where they never intended for them to be no more than a …show more content…
I am an African American and to see my heritage treated beyond what is considered being human is heartbreaking. African American families were being ripped apart as they were sold to the highest bidder for profit and owned as property. As I began to walk through the museum, I wondered how one could have a heart to treat another human being which such violence and hatred all because of skin color. I went further down the hall and found the answer. It was money and greed. I did not see if a price was place to own a slave, however slave trade was big business and blacks were considered property and not as citizens, according to the Dred Scott Decision. Minorities faced many days of torture for freedom and equality. Our country have come a long ways with human and civil rights. The speech, “I’ve Been to The Mountain Top” had a chilling effect on me, somehow Martin knew a change was coming and he would not be here to share with the upcoming generations. I was so touched by the videos of how the blacks were able to get laws passed by unifying with each other. The blacks were walking, standing and believing what they were doing will make a change in their lives. Justice came with a cost and most of the time, the cost was death. I thought that if working together peacefully for change was a success back then, then surely someone

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