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Exercising our Civil Right (…and Civic Responsibility) to VOTE! - by President Terri Lee Freeman

Terri Lee Freeman, Museum President   November 4, 2014   It is a privilege and honor to be the new President of the National Civil Rights Museum.  And what better time to introduce myself than Election Day 2014.   It’s been stated over and over during this election season that mid-term elections are just as important, if not more so, than the presidential elections.  What’s up for grabs?  Frankly, the future.  While it... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Monday, November 3, 2014

Education Opportunity: Our Pathway to Prosperity

Educational attainment and economic development are intricately linked. A person’s wages over their lifetime can be predicted by earning a high school diploma or college degree. And, the collective impact of the educational attainment of a city’s residents predicts its economic growth. A highly educated population is likely to earn higher wages than those who are less educated. More earnings lead to increased consumer spending and tax revenue for the city.   In a... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Friday, March 21, 2014

Education is the Civil Rights Issue of Today

By Allan Golston   The National Civil Rights Museum is housed on the site of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a proud supporter of the museum and of Dr. King’s ideals. When I visit the museum, I am always inspired by the history of the struggle to desegregate America—especially our public education system—and to transform our country.   I am grateful... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Friday, March 21, 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