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Virtual programs

Remembering MLK: The Man. The Movement. The Moment.

The Museum presented a virtual commemoration in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy on the 53rd anniversary of his death. This year’s event featured A Conversation with Rev. James Lawson on Sunday, April 4.



For this April 4th Commemorative Edition of Small But Mighty Storytime, Museum Educator, Dory Lerner read Martin’s Big Words, written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier.


She took justice

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Museum presented a virtual book talk featuring author Gloria J. Browne-Marshall to discuss her new book, She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power 1619-1969 on March 23.


The Vanishing Trial

“The Vanishing Trial” took a deep dive into the trial penalty in America. The virtual documentary screening and panel discussion on March 16 revealed how the trial penalty has led to the shocking disappearance of one of the most fundamental individual rights and the explosion in America’s prison population.


MORE Small But Mighty Storytimes

Small but Mighty Storytime BannerSince 2017, the Museum has presented its Small but Mighty Storytime for Young Activists and Families.  With the recent pandemic, the museum’s Education Department is delivering this program online with virtual book readings by museum K-12 Educator, Dory Lerner.  The sessions are a time to explore new interests, discover exciting places, and learn history while at home and engage young minds. Dory will introduce principles of nonviolence and peace, encourage friendship and discuss activism. As she reads stories aloud and demonstrates fun activities, her goal is to realize the potential in young listeners to help make the world a better place.


At the Lorraine Newsletter

As we continue to adjust to the changes happening in our communities and lives in this quarterly newsletter, we are reminded of lessons learned from the Civil Rights Movement: understand the issues, ask the question “is this just,” and be persistent and tenacious in seeking justice.



ImagineAnAmerica is a digital platform that heightens awareness of the privilege and necessity of voting. It encourages us to get out and vote, no matter what!  It connects voters to resources that enable community activism and accountability.



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Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Exhibit

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Outside the Lorraine

The courtyard is the first place where museum visitors confront assumptions about the Movement. The photographs in this exhibit convey unspoken messages that inform and influence how we understand our world. The exhibit runs April 10, 2021 to April 4, 2022.

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Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

This walk-up kiosk combines two video archives into one interactive display. The exhibit runs for multiple years.

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From the Vault: Collections Blog

Click to check out the latest artifacts and photos From the Vault, our collections blog.

National Civil Rights Museum Blogs

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

  • Farewell Terri Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    By Herb Hilliard Chair, Museum Board of Directors Terri Lee Freeman answered the call to lead the National Civil Rights Museum in November 2014. She arrived just a few months after the muse...
  • Museum Statement Regarding the Insurrection at Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021 Thursday, January 7, 2021
    Museum Statement Regarding the Insurrection at Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021 Dr. King once said, “We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.”...
  • Dear White People Wednesday, September 9, 2020
    I write this letter today because I am both exhausted and frustrated. I can only imagine what Dr. King was feeling when he wrote his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. I'm angry at a nation that...