This year marks the 50th anniversary of the merger of the National Education Association (NEA) and American Teachers Association (ATA), and as part this year’s activities to honor the legacy, a Merger Exhibit will be on display celebrating NEA’s past and future.
The centerpiece of the exhibit is a 30-minute documentary on the struggle for civil rights for all of our educators and students, featuring the voices of civil rights leaders and NEA and ATA leadership from past and present.
Surrounding a model of a one-room schoolhouse are eight colorful, photographic exhibit panels detailing dates and events in the fight for equality alongside museum-quality historic images.
“It is a remarkable thing to see this exhibit honoring the merger and to see NEA once again at the forefront promoting equality,” said Arthur Goff, senior service liaison for Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, a former NEA Board Member and former high school paraeducator. “We still have a long way to go, and experiencing this exhibit gives me pause to wonder where we will find the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s of today.”
The exhibit is currently on display at the Joint Conference on the Concerns of Minorities and Women and will move to the NEA Expo, open July 2-3 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.