The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

Photograph courtesy of the National Civil Rights Museum and Archives, Memphis, Tennessee.

The civil rights movement from 1954 to the 1980s changed the face of the nation, laying the groundwork for crusades by other minorities to claim their rights. The efforts to achieve equality produced a revolutionary social impact. This exhibition illustrates the movement’s enduring significance by focusing on the people and the events that made it possible.


Featuring photographs, facsimiles of landmark documents, and quotations by Dr. King and others engaged in the struggle for civil rights, The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement surveys the civil rights movement from the emergence of Martin Luther King Jr. as a civil rights leader in the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 through the 1990s. Panel topics include:

  • Rosa Parks today
  • Montgomery’s integrated City Council
  • Marian Wright Edelman
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Environmental racism
  • Barbara Jordan
  • Malcolm X
  • Congressional Black Caucus
  • Los Angeles Riot
  • Lorraine Motel as museum
  • King Center in Atlanta

The Road to the Promised Land is an exhibition by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Exhibition Formats

The Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement is available in four formats:

Content10 double-sided panels (21” x 69”)
11 support legs (76” tall)
Space Requirements150 square feet of floor space (15’ x 10’)
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 3 plastic cases:
  • 71” x 24” x 7” - 55 lbs.
  • 71” x 23” x 7” - 55 lbs.
  • 80” x 7” x 7” - 45 lbs.
Rental Fee*$450+*
Rental Period4 weeks
Content20 single-sided panels (21” x 69”)
Space Requirements45 linear feet of wall space
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 plastic cases:
  • 75” x 24” x 15” - 119 lbs.
  • 75” x 24” x 15” - 119 lbs.
Rental Fee*$550*
Rental Period6 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Publicity Materials

Press release

The Road to the Promised Land press release

Publicity image

A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 business days for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.

Humanities Texas logos

Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download on the logo page.

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Questions and Rental Information

Call 512.440.1991 or email

2021-2022 Bookings

*Bookings for this exhibition are currently closed for refabrication. Please check back in Spring 2022.

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