Memphis 1968

The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remains relevant 50 years after his assassination in 1968. The lessons and resources below help educators and community members explore the issues that Dr. King raised in Memphis and ask the question, "What is the role of civic engagement in a healthy democracy?"

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Examine the strategies of three key civil rights leaders, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Stokely Carmichael.

Learn about the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and reflect on the the relationship between identity, dignity, and community membership.

Analyze Martin Luther King Jr.'s final speech and consider how you can respond to King's challenge to create a more just world.

About #MLK50

National Civil Rights Museum MLK50 logo with white and red flower wreath.The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the historic Lorraine Motel, recognizes that the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination demands a significant commemoration.

The museum, in conjunction with partner organizations and civil rights leaders across the country, will structure its events and activities to encourage others to continue the Civil Rights Movement while focusing on the theme, “MLK50 - Where Do We Go From Here.”

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