African American Civil Rights Movement L.A. Exhibition

(L-R) Tony Franciosa, Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Paul Newman, Polly Bergen, Joanne Woodward, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Celes King III, Sammy Davis Jr., Marlon Brando, and Lloyd Bridges

African American Civil Rights Movement L.A. Exhibition

October 17, 2015-July 23, 2016

The community of Los Angeles became involved with the Civil Rights Movement in 1956 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ralph David Abernathy traveled to L.A. during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The Civil Rights Exhibition premiering at the Museum of Social Justice will introduce you to many of the dedicated artists, women and men who fought for Freedom, Justice and Equality in America. Most people are unaware of the important and critical role that Los Angeles citizens played in the struggle. Finally, audiences will be able to see the faces of the Los Angeles heroes from the entertainment, religious, political, and educational communities that placed their lives and careers on the line for the rights of African Americans. Their collective efforts contributed to the success of the American Civil Rights Movement.

This exhibition crosses color lines and reflects the great people of Los Angeles who participated in the March on Washington, lobbied for the Civil Rights Bill, the Voting Rights Act, the Public Accommodations Act and helped to create social justice in America. The Civil Rights Movement was born out of the frustration of 244 years of African American Slavery from 1619, 100 years of Jim Crow Segregation and recently from the cries of injustice in Ferguson, New York, Cleveland and Charleston. This exhibit is designed to inspire dialogue and peaceful solutions for social injustices anywhere they may exist.


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