The museum presents a range of programs to educate visitors and stimulate discussion and action, including book signings, film screenings, civil rights commemorations with local like-missioned organizations and community groups. Popular free-admission programs include:

Target Free Museum Field Trips for Title 1 Schools

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Title 1 Shelby County (TN) schools and metropolitan area schools with groups in grades 4-12 can receive free museum admission through a grant from the Target. In spring 2017, Title 1 schools in neighboring counties are also invited to apply for the limited school group museum field trip slots available. Trips may be scheduled for weekends. Bus transportation available for school groups in Shelby County on weekdays only. Educators or administrators, submit your school group's application by May 5, 2017 to schedule your trip now through May 19.  


Book and Author Series


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This monthly event draws authors who have written about the civil rights movement that include personal recollections of events that shaped the nation and impacted on the world. Topics delve into investigations, conspiracy theories, and historical accounts that have survived generations. The Book and Author Series is made possible by support from the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation (NY).

Lunch and Learn

Guest speakers and staff leaders use a variety of media and formats lectures, panels, films and demonstrations to increase awareness about people, culture, issues, movements and civil rights history. Past topics have included Music and The Movement, immigration, Freedom Summer, March on Washington, the history of black nurses and labor movements in the United States, current issues in public education and the history of blacks in cinema. Lunch and Learn is a free program. The schedules are announced annually.