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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

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

Attorney General Eric Holder Visits Museum

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Posted by Connie Dyson at Monday, December 22, 2014

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

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


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