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National Center for Civil and Human Rights Opens in Atlanta

Image: Freedom Rider William Harbour
William Harbour meets members of the media on June 19, 2014, in front of an exhibit of mug shots of Freedom Riders at the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. TAMI CHAPPELL / Reuters

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights opened Monday in Atlanta. The museum links the U.S. civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s to modern fights for human rights across the world to give visitors new insight on how the struggles are related. Exhibits include handwritten letters from the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. There also are displays about racially segregated buses and lunch counters in the American South and on dictators past and present, including the Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot of Cambodia and Syria's Bashar al-Assad. “A lot of young people don’t understand what happened,” said William Harbour, who said he spent 49 days in a Mississippi jail in 1961 for going to the white side of a bus station. “It’s amazing that young people don’t understand that you couldn’t ride on the front seat of a bus or go in a restaurant and sit down at a counter.”

— Reuters

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