Making the Movement: Objects, Objectives, and Civil Rights is a traveling exhibit that explores the impact that material culture had on the success of the Civil Rights Movement. The objects — pinbacks, pamphlets, mailers, posters, and flyers — helped the movement achieve its objectives of putting an end to segregation and disfranchisement, and each artifact reflects the evolving goals and tactics of those involved in the struggle for equality.

To better understand the role the artifacts in the exhibit played in the helping civil rights activists achieve their objectives, Making the Movement divides the Civil Rights Movement into five chronological phases:

Separate and Unequal, 1890s-1938

Making the Movement Pinback

Finish the Fight, 1939-1950

Making the Movement Pinback

Segregation and Desegregation, 1951-1959


Making the Movement Pinback

Victories and Resistance, 1960-1965

Making the Movement Pinback


Visions of Freedom, 1966-1970s

Making the Movement Pinback

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