Fort Myers Black history exhibit links Civil Rights Movement with Black Lives Matter

Every Black History Month, the Lee County Black History Society picks a new theme for the Williams Academy Black History Museum in Fort Myers.

The 2021 exhibit parallels the Civil Rights Movement with the Black Lives Matter protests.

It walks you through the landmark laws and milestones form the Civil Rights Movement all the way to the protests that started with the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and continued through the summer of 2020.

The museum wants people to see the connections between the fight against racial injustice in the past and the continued struggle Black people face today.

“We really want to just emphasize that the whole movement and how we tie it back to the Civil Rights Movement in the movement now, we are sort of fighting for the same things,” said Charles Barnes, the chairman of Lee County Black History Society. “Justice for individuals who can’t speak out for justice for themselves.”

The museum is closed because of the pandemic, but it’s offering virtual tours of the exhibit.


The Lee County Black History Society 

Reporter:Breana Ross
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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