The exhibit entitled "The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas" begins with a painting that recalls the first steps toward citizenship in the form of sharecropping, which began during the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War. Another piece pays homage to those who built the architectural forms of their oppressors and their own communities through the use of builders' tools.
Well-known stories are portrayed in various forms such as the trial of the Scottsboro boys and the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, which ended school segregation. Another painting tells the story of the Little Rock 9 and how integration of schools had to be reinforced by the National Guard.
Other, not so well-known stories are told in the exhibit such as the case of Browder vs. Gayle involving four women who challenged segregation on buses in Alabama before the famous case of Rosa Parks. The exhibit offers something for the novice and the seasoned historian.
Contemporary issues are also depicted in photographs that show the efforts of one activist to address the problems of incarceration and premature death in urban communities. There are images that offer hope for the future and provide evidence that society is changing for the better.