Exhibit features leaders who shaped black America

February 15, 2011 4:57:40 PM PST
Students from Gage Park High School learned about Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists at an exhibit called "Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits" on Tuesday. It's a window into individuals who have shaped the spirit and substance of black America.

"It shows how we overcame a lot difficulties. Greats like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Rosa Parks, they all paved the way for it," said student Robert Williams Gage Park High School.

Over 100 photographs feature actors, athletes, musicians, authors and scholars such as Toni Morrison and Paul Robeson.

"The exhibition showed the young people that we fought for our freedom. That we didn't just lay down and take it...You'll see a DuBois who fought with his intellect. You will see a Joe Louis who fought with his fists," said Dr. Carol Adams, president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History.

"This is a great experience to learn more about history and my heritage," said Mashonda Pearson, Gage Park High School.

"Our civil rights struggle was not a selfish struggle...but about saving an entire people," said Jacqueline Jackson, Rainbow Push Coalition.

Civil rights legend Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian appeared at the event for Black History Month. He says the nation is falling behind when it comes to education.

"We as a nation will go no higher than the geniuses we produce, so that if we are having fun, we better stop having fun and learn something," said Dr. Vivian.

The DuSable Museum, the nation's first and oldest African American history museum, is presenting an exciting array of public and educational programs in celebration of Black History month. The events are designed to educate, inspire and delight family members of all ages.