In Solidarity

The National Civil Rights Museum is both saddened and outraged by the murders of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.  Each of these human beings were taken because of the implicit bias and systemic racism that pervades the psyche of our nation.  We grieve with their families as they become members of a club no one wants to join. 
We stand in solidarity with those who fight for justice and anti-racism.  Our Museum is a monument to what can be achieved with persistence, tenacity, determination and courage.  We represent the last stop on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s crusade for justice, equality and equity.  We will never forget.  Nor will his sacrifice or the sacrifice of Mr. Floyd, Ms. Taylor and Mr. Arbery be in vain.  Until our country values all people regardless of race, ethnicity or socio-economic status we will be less than what we can be.  The time is now.  The fight is ours, in peace and solidarity. 
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  - Martin Luther King, Jr.


Our leadership has been brainstorming hundreds of ideas and putting things in place to create a new and safe museum experience with all the critical guidelines in mind. Like the determined icon in our logo, we’re pushing forward, but not a second sooner than we should. Here’s to seeing you then! ❤

We’re taking a cue from our own history. From sitting on buses to marching down Selma, we’re keeping our doors closed for the betterment and safety of others. Every life is essential and worth fighting for, and leadership at all levels have been brainstorming hundreds of ideas to create a new and safe museum experience for our staff and you. Simply put: We’re not in a hurry to hurt people. Like the little man in our logo, we’re pushing forward—but not a second sooner than we have to. Here’s to seeing you soon! ❤️


Voices and Virtual Programs

As part of its mission, the National Civil Rights Museum examines today’s global civil and human rights issues, provokes thoughtful debate and serves as a catalyst for positive social change. Watch some of our messages and virtual program offerings as we shelter in place during the pandemic.

Small But Mighty Storytime

Since 2017, the Museum has presented its Small but Mighty Storytime for Young Activists and Families.  With the recent pandemic, the museum’s Education Department is delivering this program online with virtual book readings by museum K-12 Educator, Dory Lerner.  The sessions are a time to explore new interests, discover exciting places, and learn history while at home and engage young minds. Dory will introduce principles of nonviolence and peace, encourage friendship and discuss activism. As she reads stories aloud and demonstrates fun activities, her goal is to realize the potential in young listeners to help make the world a better place.

From the Vault: Collections EXHIBIT

This year’s From the Vault exhibition offers the public a glimpse into the museums collections by highlighting the museum’s recent acquisitions and donations. Showing January 18 – August 2020.


Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

combines these two video archives into one interactive exhibit available within a walk-up kiosk. The exhibit runs for multiple years.

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From the Vault: Collections Blog

Click to check out the latest artifacts and photos From the Vault, our collections blog.


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National Civil Rights Museum News

There’s plenty of history in the making here at the National Civil Rights Museum.

  • The Very Real Pain of Racism Thursday, May 28, 2020
    By Terri Lee Freeman, Museum President I have always looked at the glass as half full as opposed to empty.  But even so, I consider myself more of a pragmatist than an optimist.  As an A...
  • Black America Gets Pneumonia Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    From Black Enterprise , May 24, 2020 by Terri Lee Freeman Just as 9/11 defined the new millennium, the novel coronavirus will certainly be the story of the decade.  The global pan...
  • Unsung Freedom Riders, Part II Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    Over the summer of 1961, 329 people from across the country, both black and white, boarded buses and headed south. The Freedom Rides set out to test federal law banning segregation in bus and tr...