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MEMPHIS, TN --(Marketwired - February 09, 2016) - The National Civil Rights Museum announces October 20th as the day it will celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions in the fight for civil and human rights during its 25th Freedom Award Ceremony. The annual event features national and global leaders who are shifting the paradigm on today's civil and human rights issues.
The Museum has a tradition of recognizing icons of the Civil Rights Movement, and more recently have brought attention to new leadership in a contemporary movement that addresses social justice issues in America and globally. Since 1991, the Freedom Award has celebrated honorees for their tireless contributions in civil and human rights, education, the arts, sports & community service, justice and for their dedication to creating opportunity for the disenfranchised. The award recognizes individuals who have combatted inequality and discrimination against segments of American population based on race, class, gender, religion or nationality.
The Freedom Award sets a new standard in honoring heroes on the frontlines of issues that are rooted in civil rights history but now present new generational challenges. The Museum also honors those breaking the cycle of poverty and leading advocates for education and criminal justice reform, among many other issues. The Museum will announce its Freedom Award honorees in late summer 2016.
In addition to the critically acclaimed Freedom Award Ceremony, the day's slate of activities includes the Public Forum, an event focused on area youth and features remarks from Freedom Award honorees. During the Public Forum, the Keepers of the Dream Award is given to local youth who have demonstrated acts of compassion, leadership, courage and service. This event is designed to encourage the next generation to become champions of social change.
For more information about the Freedom Award or to see interviews, tributes and entertainment honoring the 2015 honorees, visit the Freedom Award Digital Network at freedomaward.civilrightsmuseum.org.
About the National Civil Rights Museum
The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, is the only Museum of its kind in the country that gives a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from 1619 to the present. The Museum is intended to bring the movement to life, place the events in a historical perspective and provide a focus of national remembrance. Since the Museum opened in 1991, close to 5 million visitors from around the world have come, including more than 60,000 students annually. Recognized as a center for civil rights and social change, the Museum is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally.
Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, storytelling, dynamic speakers and events, the museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change. Then, invites you to Join the Movement, take a stand and share your voice on issues that impact our society.
An internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum was recognized as TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Top 25 Museums, USA Today's Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC's Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal.
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