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Atlanta Exhibit Shows MLK’s Handwritten Speeches And Sermons During Civil Rights Era

Lauren Baeza, director of exhibitions at Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights, stands near the new exhibit "We Share the Dream" in January.
Lauren Baeza, director of exhibitions at Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights, stands near the new exhibit "We Share the Dream" in January.
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In a dimly lit room beneath Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights, curator Lauren Baeza gingerly positions the handwritten sermons and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

These old manuscripts, typed notes and scribbled speeches chronicle his journey from humble beginnings to becoming a global civil rights icon.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights unveiled a new exhibit, "We Share the Dream," this month. (Lily Oppenheimer/WABE)
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights unveiled a new exhibit, “We Share the Dream,” this month. (Lily Oppenheimer/WABE)

The new exhibit — “We Share the Dream: King’s Beloved Community” — opened to the public over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

The temporary exhibition will be housed in the museum until June and is part of Morehouse College’s MLK Jr. Collection.

Baeza is the museum’s director of exhibitions and accompanied WABE’s “Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam as she toured the exhibit before the opening day.

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