On Thursday, January 15th, I visited the Civil Rights Museum, the site of Dr. King’s assassination. It was a moving experience.
As we approached the street on which the museum is located, it was a surreal experience to see the Lorraine Motel. I’ve seen it so many times in that infamous photo. To see it in person was extraordinary.
I took the audio tour, which I highly recommend, in the museum. To walk through the slavery exhibit I couldn’t help but wonder how any human being could justify owning another human being. It’s beyond my scope of comprehension.
Moving on the the early years of slavery, through the Civil War era and on to the early 1900′s. The museum houses the bus Rosa Parks rode the day she was arrested, along with images and information about the marches, the attempts to register voters, to the rise of Dr. King as the voice for equality.
Tomorrow I will be watching, in person, the inauguration of our first black President, Barack Obama, and will be rejoicing that Dr. King’s dream is coming to fruition. I only wish he were her to see this day.