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Education and Interpretation

When it comes to civil rights, it’s important not only to learn about historical milestones but also to interpret them in a way that can be applied to today’s challenges. Through multi-sensory and multi-media innovations, historical artifacts and structures, events, speakers and online resources, the National Civil Rights Museum champions educational programming and offers visitors a full immersion experience.


Forums, guest speakers and school programs keep history fresh in visitors’ minds whether onsite or online.

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Students can supplement their National Civil Rights Museum experience both before and after their visits. We also provide online resources and activities designed for children of various ages and grades.

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Educator Resources

The National Civil Rights Museum is committed to providing educators and parents with online resources for teaching the struggle for freedom and justice to students, along with professional development opportunities.

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Our partners provide resources for initiatives benefitting the community at large.

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Maybe the next generation will be able to take time out to rest, but we have too far to go and too much work to do.

—Charles Hamilton Houston


The annual Public Forum event is the opening event for the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award celebration. Sponsored each year by International Paper Corporation (IP), the Forum allows students and members of the Memphis community an opportunity to hear from leaders in the ongoing struggle for civil and human rights. Led by a guest emcee, the goal is to expose youth and the community to familiar new leaders who are taking on the charge of helping to ensure rights and equity for others. Our aim is to help bridge the gap between everyday people and leaders. The people recognized by this award began their life’s journey as everyday people, but eventually stepped forward to accomplish extraordinary things because of their commitment to equality, justice and freedom.

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