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Fifty years after the March on Washington, D.C.’s museums have mounted several notable exhibits that look back on a critical period of the Civil Rights movement. The National Portrait Gallery recently opened “One Life,” a history of Martin Luther King Jr.’s career as an activist; late last year, the National Museum of African American History and Culture brought “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963” to the American History Museum. Now, the Newseum throws its hat into the ring with an exhibit dedicated to the student activists who launched some of the most significant demonstrations of the 1960s. Visitors to “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement” can see a section of the F.W. Woolworth lunch counter where the Greensboro sit-ins began, touch a bronze cast of the Birmingham jail-cell door behind which Dr. King wrote his famous letter, and read up on the movement’s youngest leaders who remain active today, including Georgia’s Rep. John Lewis and former NAACP chairman Julian Bond. Not enough history for one trip? The museum’s “Civil Rights at 50” exhibit—a rotating display of historic front pages and photographs shot between 1963 and 1965—opens the same day.
The exhibit is on view daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $12.95–$21.95. (202) 292-6100. newseum.org.