On January 18th, Social Studies teacher, Ms. Charmayne Clark, and students in her U.S. Civil & Human Rights classes took a trip to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The day was filled with 1st Amendment exploration for the students through classes, exhibits and tours including:
"1968: Civil Rights at 50" which explores the tumultuous events that shaped the civil rights movement in 1968, when movement leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, unleashing anger and anguish across the country.
"9/11 Gallery" - This exhibit explores the horrendous events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the extraordinary challenges that faced the journalists trying to report the news to a shaken nation and world.
"Berlin Wall Gallery" - The Berlin Wall was strong enough to stop a tank, but it couldn't stop news from getting into East Germany by word of mouth, smuggled messages or radio and television.
"Inside Today's FBI: Fighting Crime in the Age of Terror" - Newseum's popular FBI exhibit explores how the FBI fights crime in the age of global terrorism and cybercrime, with news stories ripped from today's headlines and dozens of new artifacts.
The students came away with a heightened appreciation of the individual liberties in the US for all!
ABOUT THE NEWSEUM
The mission of the Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., is to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — apply to their lives.