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National Civil Rights Museum Presents Smithsonian Outdoor Exhibit on Revolutionary Black Men | New

Memphis, TN, Sept. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The National Civil Rights Museum is proud to highlight the contributions of notable black men with Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets. The Smithsonian’s outdoor exhibit will be on display in the museum’s Founders Park west of its main entrance beginning Saturday, September 10.

Based on the SITES Men of Change: Power art exhibition. Triumph. Truth., the outdoor exhibit is free and open to the public until December 16, 2022. The ‘Taking it to the Streets’ installation includes several stand-alone and closing exhibits in the museum’s green space between Mulberry and South Hand.

Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets features the profiles of two dozen prominent black men over the decades. Through striking images and the poetic cadence of hip-hop language, visitors are invited to see these revolutionary men who changed the country’s history and culture and learn from their journey. This outdoor installation highlights the parallels between past and present while telling stories of historical, cultural, political and creative significance.

From Duke Ellington and Muhammad Ali to Kendrick Lamar and Alvin Ailey, Men of Change are explored through the themes of storytellers, myth busters, fatherhood, community, imagination, catalysts and love. They are transforming professions, fighting for justice, revolutionizing art and touching millions of lives. A diverse group of artists, advisors, scholars, curators and museum professionals determined the men chosen as Men of Change. The men featured represent many more individuals and the communities that shape them.

“We are thrilled to welcome Men of Change: Take to the Streets,” said Noelle Trent, director of interpretation, collections and education at the museum. “In the form of an outdoor installation, the exhibition offers an artistic interpretation of the history of black men in the United States in the shadow of the Lorraine Motel.”

Going beyond the walls of the museum, Men of Change: Taking it to the Streets offers a meeting place, an opportunity for dialogue and a connection with the community. The exhibit was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Service (SITES) and Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum. Supported by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, it is on tour until 2022. For more information, visit

About the National Civil Rights Museum

The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located in the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, provides a comprehensive overview of the American civil rights movement from 1619 to the present day. Since the Museum opened in 1991, millions of visitors from all over the world have come, including more than 90,000 students each year. Serving as a new public square, the museum is unwavering in its mission to chronicle the American civil rights movement, examine current global civil and human rights issues, provoke thoughtful debate, and serve as a catalyst for positive social change. .

Affiliated with the Smithsonian and an internationally renowned cultural institution, the museum has been recognized as the Top 5% of American museums by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice, and the Top 10 of the best iconic American attractions by USA Today; Top 10 Best Historic Sites in the United States by TLC’s Family Travel; To see before the age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, US Treasures by USA Today; and Top Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal and Memphis Business Journal.

Connie Dyson National Civil Rights Museum 901-331-5460 [email protected]

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