War in Vietnam. Riots at home. Expanded welfare programs. The assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Black power, women’s liberation and the first images of earth from outer space. In 1968, we saw it all.
Fast-forward to 2011: War in Iraq and Afghanistan. Debates over entitlement programs, collective bargaining and same-sex marriage. The first black president. Images of unrest “tweeted” across the globe. The parallels between news in 1968 and news today are striking.
“The 1968 Exhibit” is a major new traveling exhibit that will examine the legacy of 1968. It is slated to open Oct. 14, 2011 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, and afterwards it will begin an aggressive national tour. News anchor Tom Brokaw, legendary folk-pop singer José Feliciano and astronaut James Lovell have all contributed to the exhibit development. www.the1968exhibit.org