New civil rights era exhibit opens

March 5, 2011 5:02:42 PM PST
You can relive one of the most important periods in American history through a new exhibit on the civil rights era. The African American Library at the Gregory School debuted a collection of 44 pictures Saturday. They show the Freedom Rides in the south, the march on Washington and the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The curator says the images are especially important for young people who didn't live through the 1960s.

"A lot of people know about the civil rights movement, but these images really come to life," said curator Danielle Burns. "It really gives people an understanding of what people went through, the struggles of the civil rights movement."

The collection is part of a year-long celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the student sit-ins that sparked the civil rights movement.