GT Civil Rights Tour of DC (Jan 13-14, 2017)

GT students, faculty & staff traveled to Washington DC on MLK weekend to visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture, MLK Memorial, National Museum of the American Indian & Holocaust Memorial Museum. Below I describe my personal experience at the NMAAHC #GTMLKCelebration

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  1. Big thanks to support from sponsorships from GT's College of Engineering, College of Sciences and the Parents Fund for Student Life and Leadership.
  2. Below I describe the NMAAHC experience, here are a few pics from weekend highlights.
  3. A huge thanks to our wonderful trip organizer, Dean Stephanie Ray!
  4. This MLK Weekend trip series, and the Georgia Tech Office of Diversity, wouldn't exist without her.
  5. I highly recommend her GT diversity training workshops.
  6. GT College of Sciences participants representing EAS, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology....
  7. Stephanie and students......
  8. Buses departed Georgia Tech at 11:30pm, arrived in DC 11 hours later. No rest for the weary!
  9. Upon arriving in DC, we went straight to the National Museum of African American History & Culture on the Mall, across the street from the Washington Monument.
  10. (The wise amongst us remembered to bring toothpaste and toothbrushes with them on the bus to freshen up in the museum bathrooms.... yours truly wasn't so organized.)
  11. NMAAHC opened September 24, 2016, and tickets are completely sold out til at least May. So it was very special that 100 GT students, faculty & staff visited the museum so soon after it opened!
  12. The museum building is decorated by beautiful golden-bronze lattice that "pays homage to the intricate ironwork that was crafted by enslaved African Americans in Louisiana, South Carolina, and elsewhere" (think Charleston ornate wrought iron gates) and its "corona was inspired by the three-tiered crowns used in Yoruban art from West Africa" (source).
  13. We quickly got through the security lines, but the entrance to the history portion of the museum was very crowded.
  14. After a long wait, we entered a dark room leading us to an elevator down to the start of the history exhibits.
  15. Groups of thirty were ushered into the elevator. We were told that there was no way to ride the elevator back up; we needed to walk forward with the group the rest of the way.
  16. As the elevator descended, we could see years printed on the sides of the elevator shaft through its glass walls, from the present to the past, all the way back to the year 1400 three floors down.
  17. As we exited the elevator, we entered a dark crowded corridor lined with exhibits about the largest forced migration in human history, the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
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