National Civil Rights Museum News
There’s plenty of history in the making here at the National Civil Rights Museum.
Throughout the new exhibitions, visitors will learn about more individuals; ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things. Visitors may see themselves in this history.
The National Civil Rights Museum will tie the historic passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to the reopening via a forum of national thought leaders, historians, scholars and civil rights activists on Friday, April 4 from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The National Civil Rights Museum’s $27.5 million renovation of the Lorraine Motel, is in its final stages. Grand reopening is slated for April 5, following a forum on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and candlelight vigil the evening of April 4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The National Civil Rights Museum asks young people questions about civil rights history every day. In fact, they ask about 200,000 people a year, from all backgrounds and beliefs, to think about our nation’s history through the prism of civil rights. I happen to live in Memphis and have a doctorate in African American history, so I pay attention to such situations routinely.