The Education and Interpretation department of the museum is responsible for the content regarding the history of the civil rights movement of the 1950′s and 1960s in America and its modern applications throughout the world. Exhibitions, collections and archives, programs represent the most visible evidence of the department’s charge.
Collections are used to support exhibition and educational programs, hands on learning opportunities, and generating research opportunities for scholars and interns. Exhibitions include the permanent displays of the museum in addition to short term temporary displays, many of which are available for use throughout the local community.
Public programs range from the annual events such as the Freedom Award Public Forum and the King National Holiday weekend events, including a youth celebration and family-oriented theatrical and musical programs, to the Gandhi King Conference on Peacemaking.
The museum provides enrichment opportunities for the public and staff of the museum through Lunch and Learn Series. Guest speakers and staff leaders use a variety of media and formats to increase awareness of people, culture, issues, movements and civil rights history.
The museum’s newest program series, the Facts Of The Matter is a bimonthly series which provides a forum for discussion of concerns and matters of interest to our local community. The museum invites public input regarding topics for inclusion.
School outreach includes panel discussions with civil rights icons and contemporary change agents, made possible by funding through a legal community initiative, the Wexler Fund. Upwards of 350 students and teachers are invited to apply to attend one of three events throughout the year.