Chicago civic leaders and civil rights icons onstage at the DuSable Museum of African American History.
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Comcast NBCUniversal Celebrates 'Voices of the Civil Rights Movement' Museum Footprint Expansion

Comcast NBCUniversal Celebrates 'Voices of the Civil Rights Movement' Museum Footprint Expansion

Chicago civic leaders and civil rights icons joined Comcast NBCUniversal on Feb. 7, 2019 to launch a new, interactive Voices of the Civil Rights Movement installation at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Comcast NBCUniversal is celebrating the launch of a permanent, interactive Voices of the Civil Rights Movement installation at Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History — joining long-standing exhibits at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., and the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Through the exhibit, museumgoers are immersed in more than 240 stories and interviews with Chicago and national civil rights icons, chronicled across 16-plus hours of video from Comcast NBCUniversal’s award-winning Voices of the Civil Rights Movement platform. Voices is a multimedia collaboration with the Equal Justice Initiative that honors the legacy and impact of America’s civil rights champions.

We’re honored to partner with Comcast NBCUniversal to preserve our history, honor Chicagoans who were part of the civil rights movement, and make sure current and future generations understand and remember our community’s struggle for equal rights.
Perri L. Irmer
DuSable Museum President and CEO

Comcast NBCUniversal also joined the DuSable Museum to honor six Chicago-based civil rights leaders and debut their Voices of the Civil Rights Movement video segments before a packed audience:

  • Timuel Black: Renowned historian and civil rights activist;
  • Rev. Clyde Brooks: Civil rights leader and former President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Chicago;
  • Josie Childs: Founder and President, Harold Washington Legacy Committee;
  • Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.: Nationally recognized civil rights leader and Founder and President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition;
  • James Montgomery: Accomplished civil rights attorney; and
  • Robert Starks: Educator, activist and political consultant.

The installation at the DuSable Museum also features interviews with U.S. Rep. John Lewis, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, Little Rock Nine member Carlotta Walls LaNier, Birmingham church bombing survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph, and others. The personal stories collection is enhanced with greater context and research from the Equal Justice Initiative, which partnered with Comcast NBCUniversal to add historical vignettes to the platform.

The Voices of the Civil Rights Movement exhibit at the DuSable Museum is now open. The installation exceeds ADA standards, offering an inclusive experience for visitors who use wheelchairs, and who ar
The 'Voices of the Civil Rights Movement' exhibit at the DuSable Museum is now open. The installation exceeds ADA standards, offering an inclusive experience for visitors who use wheelchairs, and who are deaf, blind or experience limited vision.

To ensure an inclusive experience, the DuSable installation exceeds ADA standards, and is fully accessible for visitors who use wheelchairs, and who are deaf, blind or experience limited vision.

"We’re honored to partner with Comcast NBCUniversal to preserve our history, honor Chicagoans who were part of the civil rights movement, and make sure current and future generations understand and remember our community’s struggle for equal rights," said Perri L. Irmer, DuSable Museum President and CEO.

"Comcast NBCUniversal developed the installation to chronicle the lives and experiences of those who fight for the equality of all people," said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation. "We’re especially proud to make this exhibit part of the DuSable’s permanent collection, celebrate Chicago’s rich contributions to our nation’s civil rights movement, and enrich the experience of museum visitors as they learn directly from civil rights leaders."

Comcast customers can experience the entire Voices of the Civil Rights Movement collection on Xfinity On Demand — just say “Black History: Always On” into your X1 Voice Remote. The platform is also free to the general public at CivRightsVoices.com and @CivRightsVoices on Facebook and Twitter.

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