New civil rights museum also explores human rights

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Associated Press

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — A new museum set to open in Atlanta next week builds on the legacy of the city's civil rights history and explores modern human rights struggles.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights CEO Doug Shipman says his goal is to educate visitors about fights for rights, but also to leave them with a sense of hope. The museum, at one end of Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, opens Monday.

The museum showcases the civil rights movement and modern human rights struggles separately but also aims to show how they're related.

The museum has permanent exhibits, such as a linear presentation of the civil rights movement and the personal papers of Martin Luther King Jr., but will also have a constantly changing series of exhibitions about ongoing struggles worldwide.

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