Making the Movement: Civil Rights Museum 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

Finish the Fight, 1939-1950

Segregation and Desegregation, 1951-1959

Victories and Resistance, 1960-1965

Visions of Freedom, 1966-1970s