The museum presents a range of programs to educate visitors and stimulate discussion and action, including book signings, film screenings, civil rights commemorations with local like-missioned organizations and community groups. Popular free-admission programs include:

Target Free Museum Field Trips for Title 1 Schools

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Title 1 Shelby County (TN) schools and metropolitan area schools with groups in grades 4-12 can receive free museum admission and bus transportation through a grant from the Target. This academic year, any Title 1 school in the counties of Shelby, Tipton, and Fayette in Tennessee, DeSoto in Mississippi and Crittenden in Arkansas may apply for the free field trip. However, only Shelby County schools are provided transportation. There is a limited number of school group museum field trip slots available. Trips may be scheduled for weekends. Bus transportation available on weekdays only for school groups in Shelby County. ​​​​Educators or administrators, submit your school group's application by May 4, 2018 to schedule your trip now through May 18.  



Education equity Learning series

Stand for Children is partnering with the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition and the National Civil Rights Museum to host the Memphis Educational Equity Learning Series in conjunction with MLK50, the yearlong commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination at the Lorraine Motel.  The Educational Equity Learning Series will center on Dr. King’s platform of quality education with the aim of providing a foundation from which Memphians can become more engaged in issues related to improving education quality and outcomes for students.  The series will address the MLK50 theme, Where Do We Go From Here?, with expert panelists who will provide both a deep knowledge of the subject areas and the ability to connect history, data, and context to identify current and future challenges and solutions.

The series is held in the National Civil Rights Museum's Ford Motor Company Theatre at 6-8pm.

  • September 18: Understanding the Past to Build the Future
  • October 5: Learning the ins and outs of funding (and underfunding) of public education in Memphis/Shelby County
  • November 9: How to build equity in education and an exhibit showcasing education data via the exhibit in the Legacy Building
  • December 12: How do we define and identify quality schools?

The Educational Equity Learning Series is the inaugural effort of Momentum Memphis, a campaign led by Stand for Children to unite the Memphis community in taking action to promote youth opportunity and success.  Inspired by the number of people who heard Dr. King give his final speech in Memphis 50 years ago, Momentum Memphis aims to get 15,000 citizens to commit to taking at least two actions to support four education platform areas – Graduation Success for College & Career, Community Investment for Youth Success, Facilities & Funding our Students Deserve, and Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline – by April 2018. 

Book and Author Series

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This monthly event draws authors who have written about the civil rights movement that include personal recollections of events that shaped the nation and impacted on the world. Topics delve into investigations, conspiracy theories, and historical accounts that have survived generations. The Book and Author Series is made possible by support from the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation (NY).