Site Visit: Newseum

By Matt Swenson, April 3, 2015

Fifty years after Selma, Alabama, became the center of the civil rights movement, this country’s version of “Bloody Sunday” is the heart of a new exhibit at Newseum in Washington, D.C. The journalism center gives guests the chance to relive, or learn more about, the infamous clash between peaceful protesters and police during the fateful march. The incident occurred months before President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the historic Voting Rights Act.

“1965: Civil Rights at 50,” made all the more appealing with last year’s release of Oscar-nominated film “Selma,” is the latest addition to the museum, which chronicles historic and modern news as reported by the media. Located on the museum’s fourth floor, the Selma collection is in the center of the facility’s meeting space. Another exhibit, “Today’s Front Pages Gallery,” allows passersby to scan the day’s top stories from across the globe.

Newseum holds up to 3,500 attendees, should planners want to rent out the whole building, and the two-floor Knight Conference Center includes large meeting rooms and small breakout spaces. During events, attendees can explore six floors of exhibits and experience views of the U.S. Capitol.

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