Where we've been is important in determining where we should go:
At the very time that school districts are cutting back on providing educational experiences that require travel to vital cultural and historic sites that are part of the state's (and indeed the nation's) history, we will bring 112,000 social studies students in grades 4, 5, 8, and 11 from across the state to explore ICRCM’s state of the art 16-gallery experience, The Battlegrounds. This 15,000 square feet exhibition—an engaging journey through American civil rights history—features audio/video narratives, photographs, artifacts, vintage newsreel footage, video reenactments, and interactive components that document, with sensitivity, efforts to dismantle racial segregation via non-violent struggles for social change.
This is important not just for African-American students, but for all of them. The sit-in sent a ripple throughout the entire nation, and there's simply no way to fathom how influential that ripple was in the evolution of civil rights in America.