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National Civil Rights Museum
July 22, 2019
Memphis black boys, ‘the foremost vulnerable … population in our system,’ are the focus of Ray’s new initiative
Black boys make up about 38% of Shelby County Schools students, but bear the brunt of the negative statistics Joris Ray presented to a crowd of about 200 people Monday.
August 8, 2018
Tennessee civil rights leaders push back at superintendents’ call to pause state testing
The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, formed in 2016 to advocate for students of color, says a moratorium on state testing is not the answer.
July 25, 2018
These teachers came to Memphis to learn new ways to teach overlooked history
Roger Henery has come to realize that the students in the diverse Atlanta high school where he teaches tend to think racial conflict…
April 4, 2018
Living out the legacy of Dr. King, as told by three Memphis students
Some Memphis students were center stage during Wednesday's commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Others missed school to witness the day's events.
March 22, 2018
‘We’re not kidding about this,’ says one teen leader of Memphis march on gun violence
Simran Bains is one of more than a dozen teenagers from across Greater Memphis who have come together to help plan this Saturday’s March for our Lives.
March 21, 2018
During Memphis visit, former Newark schools chief touts ways to change student discipline
Cami Anderson is meeting this week with educators in Memphis as part of her Discipline Revolution Project.
March 12, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope for equal education in Memphis still a dream, new book says
Memphis advocacy group Campaign for School Equity recently published the book to bring awareness to King's belief that education is key to economic equality.
Race & Class
March 8, 2018
Report: Black Memphians are better educated than 50 years ago, but child poverty is up
The University of Memphis report was commissioned by The National Civil Rights Museum.
Education on screen
September 21, 2017
School segregation at center of new documentary from collective founded by Ava DuVernay
The film, set to debut in Memphis and 11 other cities, examines how many American school systems are separated by race, class and language.
Then and now
May 23, 2017
Half a century after integrating a New Orleans school, Ruby Bridges says America is headed in the wrong direction
In a Q&A with Chalkbeat, Ruby Bridges-Hall talks about the state of school segregation today.
October 19, 2016
Teen poetry slam winner from Memphis shares why she writes
Kyla Lewis is a senior at GRAD Academy and recently won $1,000 in the Drop the Mic Poetry Slam at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
August 4, 2016
As Memphis’ last public housing project closes, neighborhood schools and families scramble
Foote Homes has been home to tens of thousands of students to attend downtown Memphis schools since the 1940s. But that’s about to change.
January 18, 2016
‘Keeper of the Dream’ recipient on why teen students should volunteer
A senior at Kingsbury High School, Marlena Mireles is one of three Memphis-area students to receive the 2015 award recognizing youth who are making a difference.
November 6, 2013
Memphis is having the right conversation about education, says Geoffrey Canada
Memphis’ early childhood initiative means that the city is having the right conversation about education, said Geoffrey Canada, founder of Harlem Children’s Zone,…
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