Free admission: Center for History celebrates MLK

South Bend Michiana was filled with events all catered to celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While several people spent the day participating in breakfast celebrations, marches or prayers, others had the opportunity to spend the day at the Center for History in South Bend.

In light of the national holiday, the Center for History and Studebaker Museum both had free admission Monday.

There is currently an exhibit called "Media Coverage of Civil Rights" on display. The exhibit looks at newspaper articles that were published between the 30's and the 60's.

It also shows off a few national articles that were written by local writers as they discuss the struggles during that time.

In an exhibit with dozens of articles, there are a few that really seem to stand out.

“We can show the article that talks about when Dr. King was here in our community in 1963 and he was on the campus of Notre Dame and he spoke to a crowd of over 3,000 people,” says Center for History Marketing Director Marilyn Thompson. “Five years later, sadly, we also have the article that talks about the local communities reaction to his death in 1968 and as what was going on across the county, but in our own local community we immediately began our mourning and commemoration of all that Dr. King stood for”.

Thompson says this exhibit is a great tool for families to discuss history and how it got us to where we are today.

If you want to see this exhibit but couldn't’t make it Monday, she says the exhibit will be open until mid-February.


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