We were among the first visitors to the National Civil Rights Museum on Saturday morning at 9:00 am. We parked behind the museum, which is connected to the Loraine Hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot (right where the wreath is located). As we came around the corner and saw the hotel, it was so quiet and serene you could hear a pin drop. There were a few people there, reading the monument, taking pictures and just staring at room #306. I think all of us were just replaying the tape of the shooting we have seen so many times. It was a strange feeling to turn around and see where the shots must have been fired from and to stand so close to where such a violent thing happened to such a non-violent man.
The museum, which is connected just to the left of this picture, is an amazing tribute to the efforts of King and others to bring about civil rights not only for African-Americans but for all colors. It is extremely well-done (sorry for not having pictures, but cameras of any kind are not allowed inside) and very moving. The guest exhibit at the beginning is a tribute to Roberto Clemente and all he did for Latinos, African-Americans and baseball.
What I liked most was the emphasis on direct non-violent resistance that was a thread throughout the museum. Exhibits showed what those with this methodology were able to accomplish and the often struggle between non-violent resistors and those who were taking up arms to bring about change (like MLK vs. Black Panthers). The tour ended with a focus on the methodology of Gandhi and, of course, Jesus.