this was originally written for a school reflection about a field trip , but it’s clear enough and important enough that i thought it be shared here:
When I was told we were going to a Civil and Human Rights Museum, I expected a small, old-fashioned house that held paintings of famous protestors and marchers. When the bus approached downtown, a place I mostly avoid since I’ve visited the World of Coke and Georgia Aquarium countless times, my expectations were blown away. Surrounded by Atlanta’s most well known attractions, the building is alluringly designed. It’s almost too modern to depict such old-fashioned thoughts. Throughout its three floors, visitors can learn more deeply about civil rights, starting with people and events who we often forget to associate with the movement. To be shown the impact of certain well known events, such as the Freedom Rides, is a vital aspect in making sure that students receive more than just the “textbook” version of what happened.
Though it is impossible to experience living in the 60’s as a colored person, the trip opened my eyes to what brave people overcame as the price of freedom. The simulation was a potent indication of what people will go through for a cause they believe in. With light being shed on the several deaths of unarmed black men, it’s an stimulating reminder that protestors are following what has been done and proved to be successful before. I enjoyed the films showing how dangerous life could be in the past, because with words you often wonder if recounting are accurate.
One of the greatest parts about the museum is that it commemorates everyone who made desegregation possible. It makes sure that we all remember the past to prevent these kinds of tragedies from happening in the future. As a person of color, I realize that I take this freedom for granted, but the museum honors the past and makes sure that those countless beatings and deaths didn’t happen in vain and all the sufferings are honored. All in all, I really loved the field trip and look forward to the future ones.