Distinguished Speaker Series | National Civil Rights Museum

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As is the Museum’s tradition, some of the most renowned civil rights leaders, history and newsmakers who have been and are serving as Catalysts for Change are invited to engage with our audience.  These thought leaders come to Memphis for an “in Conversation with…” moderated interview format to offer their diverse perspectives on issues of civil and human rights. They share their candid and often provocative insights on the issues and events that have and are shaping our world.

The Catalysts for Change - Distinguished Speaker Series will feature best-selling authors, celebrated personalities, civil and human rights leaders, educators and opinion leaders who are critically acclaimed for their perspectives on issues of, race, access to opportunity, equity and social justice. Our goal is to enlighten participants on the historic struggle for civil and human rights, but also to inspire their personal social action to combat today’s injustices.


2019-2020 Catalyst for Change Speakers 

September 11, 2019 – Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, "Constellation of Differences: Rethinking Intersectionality"

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November 13, 2019 – Rashad Robinson, "Until Justice Is Real: Building Black Power in 2020 and Beyond"


February 6, 2020 – Ernesto Cortes



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