CNN Black History Month

A virtual tour of the heart
of the civil rights movement

Montgomery observes 40th anniversary
bus of historic bus boycott

Montgomery, a city with a history of racial segregation and hostilities, offers a variety of historical sites that honor African Americans and the civil rights movement. It is the home of the legendary Rosa Parks, and you still can see where she was arrested 40 years ago when she refused to give up her seat on a bus and move to the back of the vehicle, where blacks were supposed to sit.
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Tuskegee University reflects
Washington's faith in self-reliance

Tuskegee University is the only historically black college that was founded, owned and run by blacks. It's also a major tourist stop -- more than 700,000 visitors visited the campus last year.
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Historic district preserves King's legacy

King's tomb

The Martin Luther King Historic District and Auburn Avenue -- the area where King grew up -- lie in the shadows of downtown Atlanta and its high-rise office buildings. Here, visitors can see many of the sites where the civil rights movement was nurtured -- from the family church where King and his father preached to Paschal's, the restaurant where King and other leaders devised their strategies.
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Birmingham enshrines civil rights struggle

To the world, Birmingham has long been remembered as the Southern city where peaceful protests often turned violent. Now, Birmingham welcomes visitors with a sweeping visual testament to its civil rights struggle. Sculptures, including a likeness of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., are dotted throughout a park, remembered as "A place of both revolution and reconciliation."
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marchers in 1965

Where visitors can walk the walk

In 1965, Alabama state troopers and local deputies stopped and clubbed black activists as they marched peacefully from Selma to Montgomery. The incident is known as Bloody Sunday, and the bridge is named Edmund Pettus Bridge. Now, tourists visit the site in Selma and walk along the route the black activists took that day.
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Memphis boasts first civil rights museum

The nation's first civil rights museum opened in Memphis five years ago at the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life came to a violent end on the hotel balcony in 1968.
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