When my current news writing teacher told our class we were taking a trip to the Newseum, I knew I was in for an experience. I was right. The Newseum seems to touch all of the distinct roles the media plays in the history of our nation and world. People risked their lives to make sure another person's story was told. I definitely left with a newfound respect for the five freedoms.
Some of my favorite exhibits include the "Today's Front Pages Gallery," the "Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery" and the "9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast." I also loved the incredible view of Washington D.C. you get on the sixth floor of the building. Still, my favorite exhibit is the "Make Some Noise: Students In the Civil Rights Movement."
I loved this because I never learned about these stories in high school. The Civil Rights Movement was something you glazed over one class and then took a mini-quiz on later. Yet here I was in a mainstream museum learning about how the media played a role in fighting for my ancestors' rights.
MAKE SOME NOISE
They say a picture tells a thousand words. This rang true as the world started to see the civil rights movement unfold right before their eyes on news networks and in newspapers. This exhibit honed in on the black student's role in the movement. This hit home with me because I am close in age to people like Stokely Carmichael; students who geared up to change the world.
There were two sides to the movement for justice: violent and nonviolent. It is commonly known that Martin Luther King Jr. was a patient man who fought for the nonviolent approach. Carmichael, a student at Howard and 4th Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Committee, was also a proponent for the nonviolent approach until he got restless. As a young person, I can understand that need for change now.
This exhibit relates to my career because it will be my job to spotlight movements like this; put a spotlight on the minority voice. I see so many times in today's media the focus on what the majority has to say. I see from this exhibit the power that images hold. The pictures and videos relayed over the news networks showed the truth about the racism and brutality African-Americans experienced. It inspired people to rise to the call of action. I want to instill that same inspiration in others to unite their power and fight for a cause.