National Civil Rights Museum News

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

Higher Ed Remains a Rung on the Ladder of America's Success

by: Leonard James III From pre-school to graduate school, millions of America’s youth have entered a new school year where the next generation of educators, scientists, broadcasters, financial experts, entrepreneurs and engineers will be created.   Strengthening primary and secondary education is vital to securing our nation's competitiveness and for its future prosperity. Improving our education system is a critical piece to America’s success puzzle.... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Friday, February 7, 2014

Museum Looks to past to Help Shape Future

By Dr. Russ Wigginton On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. If you ask the typical 13-year-old if they know this fact, most would probably answer yes. If you ask that same 13-year-old who shot Dr. King and why he was even in Memphis that day, you may be surprised by the answers you receive.   The National Civil Rights Museum asks young people questions about civil rights history every day. In fact, they ask about... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Friday, February 7, 2014

Students can take control of their own education

Students who miss 10 percent of their school days—approximately 18 days a year—are at severe risk of dropping out or failing to graduate on time. Chronic absenteeism in our schools goes largely unnoticed and unmeasured, but it’s estimated that roughly  7.5 million students miss a month of school each year. The problem affects students of all backgrounds, but for children in poverty, absentee rates are nearly 30 percent.   Policy makers continue to focus on... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Friday, February 7, 2014