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The Freedom Award: An Honor Well Defined & Well Deserved

  By Terri Lee Freeman, Museum President       In 1991 the National Civil Rights Museum began a tradition of taking the time to honor the ordinary people who did extraordinary things to secure, preserve and protect the rights guaranteed to all citizens of our great nation through the Constitution. These were the foot soldiers of the American Civil Rights Movement that fought for justice and equality.   It was for these freedom fighters that the... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Thursday, October 8, 2015
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Emmett Till 60 years later: the Untold Story

  By Ryan Jones,   Museum Historian   Before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of a dream, before Rosa Parks stood up by continuing to sit, before Bloody Sunday, there was a brutal murder in the Mississippi Delta in 1955 that awakened the hearts and minds of an entire generation. The story of Emmett Till is no secret to the Civil Rights Movement. It is even possible now that his story is mentioned in curriculums across the world. But do we really know what... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Friday, August 28, 2015
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#Katrina10

  By Terri Lee Freeman   Museum President   Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. It’s considered one of the deadliest hurricanes and most destructive natural disasters in U.S. history. Hundreds of thousands of people along the Gulf Coast, especially in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, were displaced from their homes, and damage is estimated at more than $100 billion. A million people were affected. Close to 2,000... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Friday, August 28, 2015
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We’ve Got Work To Do

    By Terri Lee Freeman   Museum President       On Saturday, August 15, 2015 the fight for freedom lost a soldier – Julian Bond. The life of Julian Bond is a message to young and old alike. As a college student, Julian Bond took the role of activist seriously, dropping out of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia to further his involvement with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), eventually leading a sit-in at... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Monday, August 17, 2015
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Confederate Manifesto: Southern Heritage or Southern Injustice

  by Ryan M. Jones, Museum Educator       In the recent weeks across the nation, the tension and controversy surrounding the flag of the Confederate States of America have hit its boiling point. With the senseless tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina, where nine African Americans were executed during Bible study by a young white male, racial tension is at its peak. The photographs of the 21-year-old mass murderer holding the Confederate flag have circulated... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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MOVING!

  By Terri Lee Freeman, Museum President           Last week, the Museum had the opportunity to play a small role in the home going service for our last living founder, D’Army Bailey. On Friday, July 17, five days following his transition, his body laid-in-state at the National Civil Rights Museum, the institution he fought to ensure came to fruition. On the following Saturday, Judge Bailey was eulogized by former President William... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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Who was Elbert Williams?

  By Jim Emison   Jim Emison is an author and retired courtroom lawyer who has spent three and a half years investigating Elbert Williams’s murder and is writing a book, Elbert Williams: First to Die.  To read Emison’s article on Elbert Williams in the Encyclopedia of African American History and a short bio of the author go to  http://www.blackpast.org/aah/williams-elbert-1908-1940 .       Medgar Evers, Emmett Till, James... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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June 11, 1963

  by Ryan M. Jones   Tuesday, June 11, 1963 was a sweaty and humid day. The weather fit the climate of tension around Tuscaloosa, Alabama and throughout the state. For months, the University of Alabama was on edge and judgment had finally arrived. Two African-American students were going to be enrolled at the University under a Federal Court order.   The last time that happened, President John F. Kennedy was forced to send in 500 Federal Marshals to ensure the... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Friday, June 12, 2015
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It's the Inevitable

        by Terri Lee Freeman, Museum President   I, like many of you, have been fixated to the news reports of the unrest in Baltimore. However, for me, it is personal.   Having left the Maryland area just six months ago where we worshipped in west Baltimore, around the corner from the mall that was ransacked, I was watching my hometown be torn apart. And like many of you, I was horrified at the lawless actions of a few that did such... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Thursday, April 30, 2015
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The Crafts of Freedom

  by  Scott Newstok     On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was summoned to the  Bishop Mason Temple  in Memphis to address the  striking sanitation workers  and their supporters. King wasn’t scheduled to speak at the rally, but Reverend Ralph Abernathy, sensing the crowd’s disappointment, had persuaded King to come from the Lorraine Hotel to make a few remarks. Poor pay, unjust working conditions, and two tragic... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Monday, April 6, 2015
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