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Two Civil Rights Exhibits Open At MSU's Museum

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Many Mid-Michiganders now have the opportunity to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and get a hands on look at the Civil Rights Movement.

On Monday afternoon the MSU Museum will introduce two new exhibits surrounding key fundamentals of the Civil Rights Movement: freedom, democracy and non-racialism.

The "Ahmed 'Kathy' Kathrada: A South African Activist for Non-Racialism and Democracy" exhibit opens today and runs until April 13th. The "Ruby Bridges, Brown v. Board of Education and The Greater Lansing Sites of Conscience Project" exhibit also opens today at 4pm and will run until July 3rd.

What's most fascinating about both exhibits is they have unique ties to Mid-Michigan. South African apartheid activist and long time friend of Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada is a graduate of Michigan State University.

The Ruby Bridges exhibit is paired with a ‘Conscience map' that pinpoints specific landmarks of where Mid-Michiganders protested, fought, held sit-ins and sought out justice.

The two exhibits are part of MSU's Project 60/50, which is yearlong series commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the passage and signing into law of the Civil Rights Act.

The exhibit opens today at 4 p.m. and will continue until April and July.

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