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.

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.


Year Book 2019

The National Civil Rights Museum is a place of celebration. It celebrates the icons of the movement as well as those engaged in creating positive social change now. It’s a place where families come to see pictures of their ancestors who participated in the movement, and it’s a place where people recommit themselves to doing the hard work of building community and fighting for freedom. These are the many faces of the National Civil Rights Museum.






Apply for the 2020-2021 cohort of this series of eye-opening, monthly dialogue sessions that drill down on the issues of implicit bias, structural and institutional racism that helps to build a supportive and accountable community for ongoing learning and action.  Application deadline is September 1. 


Understanding white privilege

On September 16,  Diane J. Goodman explains what white privilege is, how it operates, ways it is experienced in everyday life, and how it can be used to create more racial justice. 


In ReMembrance of John Lewis

On April 4, 2018, two warriors of the movement, John Lewis and James Lawson, answer the question “Where do we go from here?”  while sharing their experiences in the fight for civil rights, and their hopes for the future during MLK50 commemoration of Dr. King.


Apple Donates Proceeds from John Lewis Documentary

In tribute to the life and legacy of civil rights hero and US Congressman John Lewis, Apple will donate its portion of the proceeds from the documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble” to the National Civil Rights Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.




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Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Exhibit

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From the Vault: Collections EXHIBIT

This year’s From the Vault exhibition offers the public a glimpse into the museums collections by highlighting the museum’s recent acquisitions and donations. Showing January 18 – August 2020.


Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

combines these two video archives into one interactive exhibit available within a walk-up kiosk. 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.

  • 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...
  • Freedom and Liberation Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    “Freedom has never been free.”  – Medgar Evers “We who believe in freedom cannot rest” – Ella Baker “I am not free while any woman is unfree, ev...
  • Bayard Rustin: Strategist, Organizer, Unifier Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    As he approached the podium, Bayard Rustin was determined and elated. He expected about 100,000 marchers to converge at the Washington Monument on August 28, 1963. To his delight, approximately 250,...