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THERE’S PLENTY OF HISTORY IN THE MAKING AT THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM. 

Statement on the Verdict of the Derek Chauvin Case on the Murder of George Floyd

The verdict is in. Derek Chavin is guilty on all counts. What does this mean? Justice was served in this case. Justice prevailed. But the justice we need is bigger than the verdict of this one case. Hopefully, this case will set a precedent for the verdicts to come for the many other victims of unjust police killings. We thank the jury for bravely doing the right thing. Our heart is with George Floyd’s family who has endured the devastation of his death. In too many instances,... Read More
at Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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Stop Asian Hate

America’s hate problem persists. We know that Blacks have been victims of hate crimes in pretty much every category since the FBI started gathering data more than 20 years ago. We can go back further, 400+ years, when Africans were enslaved and brought to America. This nation has experienced extreme hate, a sick culture of bias. Now, Asian Americans are the target of more bias incidents, spiking a 150% increase in major cities.” said Faith Morris, CMO of National Civil Rights... Read More
at Thursday, March 18, 2021
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Farewell Terri

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 museum’s most expansive renovation. She came to the museum understanding the huge investment and brought with her a new perspective on what the museum could represent in not only telling the story of the civil rights movement, but extending the story through the museum’s outreach and... Read More
at Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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Museum Statement Regarding the Insurrection at Capitol Hill on January 6, 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.” Words matter.  Leadership matters. The siege on Capitol Hill yesterday during the joint Congress’ ratification of the presidential election should be condemned, not coddled. What the world witnessed yesterday was not a protest, but a riotous mob and an insurrection. We need to call... Read More
at Thursday, January 7, 2021
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Dear White People

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 I love but doesn’t seem to love me back. Recently, we got a first-hand look at the two justice systems that exist in our America – one for Blacks and one for Whites. Kenosha, Wisconsin, a city with a Black population of 11.46%, was the site of a recent police shooting of a Black man.... Read More
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This How We Do It: Celebration

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 it It’s Friday night and I feel alright The party’s here on the West side – Montell Jordan   Summer, summer, summertime Time to sit back and unwind - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince ... Read More
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Freedom and Liberation

“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, even when  her shackles are very different from my own. And I am not free as long as one person of Color remains chained. Nor is anyone of you.”  -Audre Lorde This week’s theme is Freedom & Liberation. Friday is Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the emancipation... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Wednesday, June 17, 2020
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Bayard Rustin: Strategist, Organizer, Unifier

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 250,000 people cheered as he listed the demands of the march. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom began after eight weeks of recruiting marchers, coordinating buses and marshals, scheduling speakers, and managing logistics. Despite Rustin’s critical role as the march’s chief... Read More
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U.N.I.T.Y.: Pride & Identity

“Don’t let anybody tell you what to do, be who you want to be.” – Marsha P. Johnson   “We are people, of the mighty Mighty people of the sun.” – Earth Wind & Fire This week’s theme is Pride & Identity. Pride & Identity is more than the celebration of self-acceptance. The songs on this week’s list show the challenges of being oneself in a world that is reluctant to accept our self-identity.  This is... Read More
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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

The National Civil Rights Museum Celebrates Black Music Month Music has been intrinsically linked with the Civil Rights Movement and African American history. Our celebration of Black Music Month began as a way to connect with you during this pandemic. However, as the current moment has unfolded, it has become a way for us to use music to educate, heal, reflect, and inspire. Each week, we will release a themed playlist curated by the NCRM staff. Share with us your recommendations using... Read More
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