National Civil Rights Museum News

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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


Back to News   Download PDF   New Lobby   T he original 7,000 lb. bronze signature statue, Movement to Overcome , has been returned to the museum, prominently positioned in the new lobby in front of the new grand staircase.  Sculptor Michael Pavlovsky was commissioned to create the statue for the museum’s opening in 1991 and it has been synonymous with the struggle since the beginning. The second floor is opened up to reveal the lobby... Read More
Posted by Connie Dyson at Tuesday, April 1, 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

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

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