Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s civil-rights exhibits tell stories of courage, perseverance

Sharlene Kranz cried when she walked through the civil rights exhibits at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

There were black-and-white photos of people she knew. A video saluting the role of women in the civil rights movement in America.

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But it was the timeline showing key moments in that struggle, leading all the way up to the Black Lives Matter movement of the present, that tugged at her heart.

“That was a tour de force,” says Kranz, 70, a civil rights veteran who has visited three times since the museum opened in September. “So much American history made graphic. … It shows change can happen. Change has happened. Change is happening. The sad thing is we had to go through all of that.”

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