Our Memphis office serves more than 545 schools in the Memphis area, Chattanooga, and Louisville, Kentucky.

Since our Memphis office opened in 1992, Facing History has provided professional development and resources for over 3,439 area teachers. Our content and methodology enhance the goals and objectives of Tennessee's state frameworks, including history/social science and English/language arts, and the Common Core State Standards. Our semester-long Facing History high school elective course has been certified by the Tennessee Department of Education and is currently taught in 25 high schools. The Shelby County Schools have adopted Facing History units as a mandate for the social studies curriculum in grades 6-8. We also have a robust presence in over 30 independent and parochial schools. Our program staff works also works with schools in Chattanooga, TN and Louisville, KY. For more information about our work in the Memphis area, please contact us at (901) 452-1776.

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115 Huling Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
United States



Memphis is made of Upstanders. Their stories can inspire all of us to build a better world.


March 28, 2017

Over 2,200 Memphis students poured into the Orpheum Theater on Tuesday to see Mona Golabek in The Pianist of Willesden Lane, a one-woman show that uses music to tell the story of Lisa Jura, a Jewish refugee during the Holocaust.

February 26, 2017

Facing History and Ourselves, with support from The Allstate Foundation, the Hold On To Your Music Foundation, and the Orpheum Theater will welcome over 2,500 students from a diverse array of Memphis schools for Mona Golabek’s performance, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, on March 7, 2017.

September 19, 2016

Facing History in Memphis recently launched the Memphis Neighborhood Schools Network, which will engage 11 schools from Midtown and Frayser in a deep dive info Facing History and Ourselves with the goal of improving an entire school’s culture.


Upcoming Events



  • 10
    Teaching the Reconstruction Era

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

    This workshop explores the Reconstruction era in the United States and the construction of American identity.
    7.10.17 - 7.12.17
    8:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
    7400 Grant Rd
    St. Louis, MO 63123
  • 18
    Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age

    The shooting of Michael Brown and the protests that followed became a flashpoint for the discussion about race, policing, and justice. Using the information aftermath of Ferguson and a new unit co-created by Facing History and Ourselves and the News Literacy Project, this workshop will examine how implicit biases shape our understanding of the world, and how news literacy skills and concepts can help students find reliable information to make decisions, take action, and become effective civic participants in today’s complex information landscape.

    7.18.17 - 7.19.17
    8:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Facing History and Ourselves
    115 Huling Ave
    Memphis, TN 38103


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    2017 Memphis Benefit Dinner
    Benefit Dinner

    2017 Memphis Benefit Dinner

    Facing History and Ourselves has a plan and a vision for the future. Imagine a world shaped by knowledge and compassion, not racism, antisemitism, and prejudice. Join us on Monday, October 23, 2017 as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Facing History in Memphis and experience how Facing History and Ourselves equips educators and youth with tools that empower them to consider how today’s choices will shape tomorrow’s world.


    Memphis Hilton
    939 Ridge Lake Boulevard
    Memphis, TN 38120
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Participating Schools



A Mission to Empower Students: "Wire" Actress Sonja Sohn on Urban Education

The actress and activist speaks with Facing History audiences about the power of education.

Brendan Ward: A Student Leader Using His Voice for Others

Brendan Ward is a senior at KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School and a member of the Facing History student leadership group. Addressing hundreds at the 2014 Memphis Benefit Dinner, Ward talks about how he learned from others in the group.

Teaching is Learning: Virtual Message from Margot Stern Strom, Memphis 2012 Benefit Dinner

Margot Stern Strom addresses educators, students, and community members in Memphis


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