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Civil Rights Memorial Center

400 Washington Avenue

Created by Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin, the Memorial is located across the street from the Southern Poverty Law Center's office building in Montgomery, Alabama, a city rich with civil rights history.

A circular black granite table records the names of the martyrs and chronicles the history of the movement in lines that radiate like the hands of a clock. Water emerges from the table's center and flows evenly across the top. On a curved black granite wall behind the table is engraved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s well-known paraphrase of Amos 5:24 - We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Civil Rights Memorial invites visitors to touch the engraved names. As Lin envisioned, the Memorial plaza is "a contemplative area — a place to remember the Civil Rights Movement, to honor those killed during the struggle, to appreciate how far the country has come in its quest for equality, and to consider how far it has to go."

The Memorial is just around the corner from the church where Dr. King served as pastor during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955-1956, and the Alabama Capitol steps where the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march ended in 1965. The Memorial is located on an open plaza accessible to visitors 24 hours a day, every day of the week.

The Civil Rights Memorial Center is adjacent to the Memorial. In addition to exhibits about Civil Rights Movement martyrs, the Memorial Center houses a 56-seat theater, a classroom for educational activities, and the Wall of Tolerance.


Filthy McNasty

Saturday, June 23, 2018
A hate group disguised as a responsible organization. Their dishonesty is their calling card.

Tiffany Blueberry

Sunday, April 15, 2018
You call yourself a civil rights group? Under your standards, it is ok to beat and killed your wife or abuse woman. Not in America and I am so proud of Pamela Geller to stand up to you and I am with her! Thank God we have her. She is not anti-Muslim. You are anti- America standards of respect for humanity.

Jessica Nelson

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
SPLC does good work on behalf of justice. A much needed force for all Americans who don't support race-based hatred.

Jay Rogers

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
Any group who believes in right-wing or conservative values is assumed to be full of "hate". That couldn't be further from the truth. We are hard working people who want everyone to get ahead with responsibility and commitment. Wanting people to be able to defend themselves against criminals/terrorists/big government isn't "hate" or alarming, it's "common sense". Wanting to outlaw abortion isn't about hate, it's about human rights. Shame on this group.

Jason Smithers

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
If you don't agree with the views of this place, then your instantly, without discussion, part of a hate group.

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