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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

NYT Travel Video: 36 Hours In Memphis

The National Civil Rights Museum was recently featured in New York Times' online travel video, "36 Hours in Memphis" featuring interesting things to do in Memphis.  The section describing the museum experience reads:   Lest We Forget – Head downtown to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel (adults, $15). The museum was recently infused with more than $27 million, and the outcome is an informative and visually compelling walk... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Thursday, January 15, 2015

Attorney General Eric Holder Visits Museum

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Posted by Connie Dyson at Monday, December 22, 2014


MEMPHIS, TN – (October 29, 2014) – Today the National Civil Rights Museum announced that Tom Brokaw is being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award. He joins Frank Robinson, also a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Charlayne Hunter-Gault will receive the International Freedom Award; Bob Moses will receive the National Freedom Award. The Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award for Journalism is sponsored by FedEx.   Themed “Breaking Barriers,... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Wednesday, October 29, 2014


  MEMPHIS, TN  – (September 30, 2014) – The National Civil Rights Museum announced recipients of The Freedom Award whose work has impacted freedom, equality and access in the U.S and globally. This year’s honorees are Charlayne Hunter-Gault, highly acclaimed global civil rights journalist; Robert Moses, award-winning educator and civil rights movement organizer; and Frank Robinson, trailblazing professional baseball player and manager.  ... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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