National Civil Rights Museum News

There’s plenty of history in the making here at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Reclaiming Malcolm X

  By Ryan M. Jones, Museum Educator   April 21, 2015 – 50th Commemoration of Malcolm X     On the night of February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay became the heavyweight champion of the world after he defeated Sonny Liston in the seventh round. Stars from all over the world watched the fight in Miami including football star Jim Brown, and soul singer Sam Cooke. Thirty-eight year old Malcolm X also attended ringside. Malcolm had been in Miami... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Saturday, February 21, 2015

Who Mourns for Jimmie Lee Jackson?

  By Ryan M. Jones, Museum Educator       On a sunny March day in 2005, a retired Alabama state trooper quietly drinks his morning coffee outside on his deck in southern Alabama. He granted an interview to John Fleming of Anniston, Alabama. At age 72, James Bonard Fowler is asked about Jimmie Lee Jackson, a 26-year-old activist who he claimed he shot in self-defense on February 18, 1965. “My life was in danger and he was trying to kill me. I’d done... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Thursday, February 12, 2015