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Sunday proved a time of reflection at Alabama State University.   While guests spoke of progress, the walls said more than words ever could.

"It means a lot to America, not just Black America," explained David Tuck, a patron historian.

Documenting 400 years of African-American history, some of the imagery wasn't for the weak of heart.

"When you look at a slave ship and see how they pressed their bodies together to pack them in as tight as possible--there was no thought at all of their value as human beings," explained Civil Rights leader Rev. Robert Graetz.

There were also signs of hope, however, hanging on display--portraying progress from an era where leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. helped change the world.

"We have no way of knowing how much [King's] presence influenced the movement, but we do know it would have been an entirely different movement, and perhaps we wouldn't have come nearly as far," Graetz said.

So with harsh and lighter reminders of our past, a little history goes a long way.

"It's important that everyone have a good understanding of Civil Rights history in order to make a good look at the past and, more importantly, a better preparation for the future," Tuck said.

 

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke

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