I am a man
The National Civil Rights Museum is a hard place to visit. It’s uncomfortable to be confronted with the racist history of our country. It’s sickening to learn about how many things were denied – institutionally denied – to people of color. It’s embarrassing to have to admit that I’ve lived many, many years without thinking too deeply about what it means. It’s sobering to think about how far we’ve yet to go.
In 1969, the sanitation workers in Memphis were on strike; they carried the “I AM A MAN” signs on the picket lines. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made two trips to Memphis to support the strikers, and one the second trip he was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, the same building that now houses the museum.
If you go to Memphis, please go to the museum: you’ll leave a different person than you were before.
National Civil Rights Museum
Posted on January 17, 2022, in Photography and tagged 365 photo project, black and white photography, Boston Terrier Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King, learning to see, Leica, Lorraine Motel, melinda green harvey, monochrome, museum, National Civil Rights Museum, one day one image, photo a day, photography, postaday, reasons to stop, road trip, take time to look, texas, things i see, thoughtful seeing, travel photography. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.