LBJ Presidential Library unveils new exhibits in honor of MLK, Civil Rights Movement

Photo of LBJ's letter to Coretta Scott King. (Credit: LBJ Library Photo by Jay Godwin)
Photo of LBJ's letter to Coretta Scott King. (Credit: LBJ Library Photo by Jay Godwin)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In honor of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 87th birthday, the LBJ Presidential Library will open two exhibits to remember Dr. King’s birthday and Black History Month in February. The exhibits open on Jan. 15 and runs until April 10.

Photo of LBJ's letter to Coretta Scott King. (Credit: LBJ Library Photo by Jay Godwin)
Photo of LBJ’s letter to Coretta Scott King. (Credit: LBJ Library Photo by Jay Godwin)

One of the exhibits is titled “The Continual Struggle” and features artwork from Brian Washington documenting the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit uses visual art as an educational tool and method of storytelling, vividly illustrating people who were willing to put their lives on the line, to protest injustice and inequality.

The second exhibit titled “Lyndon Johnson’s Letter to Coretta Scott King” features a letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to Mrs. King following Mr. King’s assassination in 1968.  This exhibit will be the first time the letter—donated to the Library by a private collector—is displayed in a museum.

“It is an extraordinarily valuable piece of American history. Johnson’s words capture the anguish of a nation at the death of Dr. King and express resolve in following King’s dream of equal rights for all,” said LBJ Library Director Mark K. Updegrove of the letter.

Plan on checking out the exhibit? The LBJ Library offers free admission on MLK Day, Jan. 18, 2016.

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