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We’re Number 2! (And that’s a VERY good thing!)

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC with museum colleagues from across the country. We descended on Capitol Hill to inform our senators and congressional representatives of the importance of the museum industry to tourism, economic development, education and general community vitality. It was a brisk two days in our Nation’s Capital, but as I spoke with our elected officials I carried with me a secret weapon.   It’s no surprise that... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Monday, March 16, 2015

Reclaiming Malcolm X

  By Ryan M. Jones, Museum Educator   April 21, 2015 – 50th Commemoration of Malcolm X     On the night of February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay became the heavyweight champion of the world after he defeated Sonny Liston in the seventh round. Stars from all over the world watched the fight in Miami including football star Jim Brown, and soul singer Sam Cooke. Thirty-eight year old Malcolm X also attended ringside. Malcolm had been in Miami... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Saturday, February 21, 2015

Who Mourns for Jimmie Lee Jackson?

  By Ryan M. Jones, Museum Educator       On a sunny March day in 2005, a retired Alabama state trooper quietly drinks his morning coffee outside on his deck in southern Alabama. He granted an interview to John Fleming of Anniston, Alabama. At age 72, James Bonard Fowler is asked about Jimmie Lee Jackson, a 26-year-old activist who he claimed he shot in self-defense on February 18, 1965. “My life was in danger and he was trying to kill me. I’d done... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Thursday, February 12, 2015

If we forget history it will repeat itself…

Mid-South Peace and Justice hosted a series of workshops called “G.O.T. Power” at the National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM) this fall. In this post, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center Training Director Gio Lopez reflects on the workshops and their alignment with the mission of NCRM.       At the National Civil Rights Museum, the exhibitions allow us to be witnesses of the history of oppression, racism, pain and sorrow throughout American history. Though... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Selma, on the long continuum of the freedom struggle

  — by Hasan Kwame Jeffries   [Note: This piece was inspired by the author's remarks at a recent event honoring Dr. King’s birthday, hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.  It was published January 21, 2015 on "From the Square," NYU Press blog .]   There is no right more fundamental in a democracy than the right to vote. But fifty years ago, in 1965, African Americans throughout the... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Friday, January 23, 2015

A Better Mid-South

Editorial by WMC Action News 5 General Manager Tracey Rogers   January 19, 2015   A Better Mid-South_ National Civil Rights Museum - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee This week we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   I can't think of a better time to visit the National Civil Rights Museum in downtown Memphis.   The museum underwent a massive renovation and reopened last year.   I... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy Anniversary to 50 Years of Voting Rights Protection!

  By Terri Lee Freeman, Museum President         One (wo)man, one vote.  This single concept is what our democracy is based on. The Founding Fathers of this country made this so through the ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1870. Each citizen of the United States of America is born with the right to vote. (This gets a little more complicated when you get to voting representation for territories like Puerto Rico and the District of... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Monday, January 12, 2015

It’s Time to Move!

By Terri Lee Freeman, President of National Civil Rights Museum     I posed the question just last week, “Ferguson, Missouri…What’s Next?” Little did I know, that the ‘what’s next’ would be yet another grand jury finding no probable cause for having a criminal trial in the death of Eric Garner.   Yes, I am angry! Yes, I’m hurt! Yes, my heart aches for another family being told; “sorry your loved one was... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Monday, December 8, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri... What's Next?

The grand jury decision has shocked some, dismayed others, and confirmed what many believe -- justice for young African American men is applied haphazardly at best. But the more concerning questions for me loom around the lack of transparency and due process. While many in Ferguson, MO and around the world believe nothing short of a guilty verdict would be acceptable, the fact that the accused doesn't even have to go trial is most concerning.   I've asked myself over and... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Thursday, November 27, 2014

Justice Delayed?

by Ryan M. Jones   November 21, 2014   On March 28, 1997, Dexter King, the youngest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. walked inside of a Tennessee Penitentiary to meet the man who has been convicted as his father’s assassination.   James Earl Ray, at age 79 did not stutter when asked by Dexter, “Did you shoot my father?”   Ray responded “No sir, I did not.”   With that, the King family publicly supported... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Monday, November 24, 2014