January 21st through 2013
Much of our national memory of the civil rights movement is embodied by male figureheads whose visibility in boycotts, legal proceedings, and mass demonstrations dominated newspaper and television coverage in the 1950s and 1960s. While less prominent in the media, a group of extraordinary women also shaped much of the spirit and substance of civil rights in America, just as their mothers and grandmothers had done for decades.
Freedom’s Sisters is a dynamic, interactive multimedia exhibition that celebrates 20 African American women, including historic 19th-century figures and contemporary leaders, who have fought for equality for people of color. The exhibition is designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds, and is organized around the themes of Dare to Dream, Inspire Lives, Serve the Public and Look to the Future.
Freedom’s Sisters Exhibition Honorees
Ella J. Baker
Constance Baker Motley
Mary Church Terrell
Septima Poinsette Clark
Fannie Lou Hamer
Mary McLeod Bethune
Coretta Scott King
C. Delores Tucker
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Ida B. Wells
Freedom’s Sisters is made possible by a grant by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company.
The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.
Currently, exhibits in the Lorraine Motel are closed for renovation, but exhibits in the Legacy Building remain open for tours.