Civil Rights

Memphis Moments
9:54 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Miriam DeCosta-Willis

Miriam DeCosta-Willis The Pink Palace Family of Museums

Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis is a writer, scholar, and university professor. She has defined her life by her passion for learning and her commitment to equality.

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Memphis Moments
9:05 am
Sun February 5, 2012

Maxine Atkins Smith

Maxine Atkins Smith

Maxine Smith has spent her life working for racial equality and excellence in education. 

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Mid-South News
1:00 am
Mon October 3, 2011

'The Memphis 13' Premieres On 50th Anniversary Of School Desegregation

On October 3rd, 1961, thirteen African-American children walked into formerly all-white schools in Memphis. Unlike other cities, Memphis schools desegregated without violence; and first-graders—not high-schoolers—broke the color line. There’s a new documentary out about the event. Reverend Samuel "Billy" Kyles is in the movie. Kyles remembers bringing his daughter to the doors of Bruce Elementary School 50 years ago today.