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Virtual programs

King Day: A Virtual Celebration

On the national holiday, the Museum presents King Day: A Virtual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday January 18, at 12:00 noon and 6:00pm Central.


King Day Small But Mighty Storytime

For young viewers, museum educator Dory Lerner will share a “Small But Mighty Storytime” reading of the book My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart written by Angela Farris Watkins on  January 18, at 2:00pm and 4:00pm Central.


Book Talk: Four Hundred Soul

Award-winning authors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blaine, edit this powerful, epic story of African Americans from 1619 to the present. Join them in a virtual panel discussion on February 5.


WATCH NOW: Journey to Justice VIRTUAL symposium

On January 9, at 1:00pm Central, the Museum and Just City hosted Journey to Justice, a virtual symposium to highlight the critical work being done to change the criminal legal system throughout the country and to demonstrate how much work there is yet to do.



Spend the evening with some of the most phenomenal people in the world. Period.  2020 was a bear! We’ve all been through a lot. But for one night, we celebrate!  On December 11, we hosted a Virtual Tribute to the men and women who have inspired us to do more and changed the world.  Watch now.

Voices and Virtual Programs

As part of its mission, the National Civil Rights Museum examines today’s global civil and human rights issues, provokes thoughtful debate and serves as a catalyst for positive social change. Watch some of our messages and virtual program offerings as we shelter in place during the pandemic.


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.

The Negro Motorist Green Book Exhibition

“The Negro Motorist Green Book” exhibition debuts at the National Civil Rights Museum located at the Lorraine Motel which is not only the historic site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but it is also one of the few Green Book sites still remaining. The exhibition highlights the history of The Green Book, an annual guide created in 1936 by Harlem postman Victor Green that helped Black Americans travel the country with dignity by listing facilities that welcomed during the era of segregation.


Small But Mighty Storytime

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.


Museum Events



Join director Yoruba Richen and producers Joan Walsh and Valerie Thomas virtually as they reveal in a film that was not only about this week during a politically volatile time in U.S history, but also a journey through Harry’s incredible career, political activism and enduring influence.


Book Talk: Vanguard

In the newly released book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, acclaimed historian Martha S. Jones offers a new history of African American women’s fight for the ballot that defied both racism and sexism.


Where Do We Go From Here: Economic Justice

Keepers of 306 is partnering with the Museum to present a second virtual town hall event, “Where Do We Go From Here: Economic Justice” to raise awareness of the economic equity and equal access to resources for all.



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Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Exhibit

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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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National Civil Rights Museum Blogs

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

  • 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...
  • This How We Do It: Celebration Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    Ain’t gonna hurt nobody to get on down! - Brick   Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street - Martha and The Vandellas   This is how we do...