10 great places to see the evolution of equality

National Baseball Hall of Fame Cooperstown, N.Y. "Daily hands-on activities for children and documentary films in the museum's Bullpen Theater are part of Black History Month programming scheduled to coordinate with school breaks Feb. 16-21," Ellis says. Artifacts from Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Satchel Paige and others will be highlighted daily. Also of note is Pride and Passion, a permanent exhibit that shares the story of the African-American baseball experience. 607-547-7200; baseballhalloffame.org

The King Center Atlanta "Experience the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy of his non-violence movement here," Ellis says. Visitors can see exhibits in Freedom Hall, do research in the King Center Library and Archives, visit his birth home and gravesite. The center is inside the King National Historic Site, a federal park with a visitor's center and exhibit. The historic Ebenezer Baptist Church — where King, his father and grandfather have all preached — is next door. 404-526-8900; thekingcenter.org

National Museum of American History Washington, D.C. "Major renovations have opened up the space here," Ellis says of the museum where the Star-Spangled Banner now has a new, interactive display. It also has the Greensboro lunch counter, a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and a photography exhibit, The Scurlock Studio, and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise. The photos from the African American-owned studio are the inaugural exhibition in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture Gallery. 202-633-1000; americanhistory.si.edu

The California African American Museum Los Angeles A theater program saluting Duke Ellington and artifacts from Ella Fitzgerald's estate are among the 1,300-piece collection here. A permanent display documents the history, art and culture of African Americans with emphasis on California and the Western states. "A Dream Realized, running through March 1, celebrates the life and dreams of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.," Ellis says. "It includes photos of Barack Obama, symbolic of the dream realized." 213-744-7432; caamuseum.org

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