Virtual Civil Rights: Memphis and Nashville Experience

Immerse your students into the rich and complex civil rights history within two iconic Southern Cities: Memphis and Nashville. Understand the impact of the Mississippi River upon economics and enslaved people, and take a ride along a Mississippi Riverboat. Channel the fears and hopes of enslaved people seeking a way of escape when we visit the Slave Haven Museum. Learn how the sanitation workers strike parallels today’s protest movement and activism and wander into Clayborn Temple. Explore the impact of college students affecting change at lunch counter sit-ins. Discover art in Nashville that resonates with the energy and sacrifice of civil rights. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum and put all that history together.

Sites visited:

  • Slave Haven Museum
  • Clayborn Temple
  • Woolworth on 5th
  • National Civil Rights Museum and the Lorraine Motel
  • Stax Records and WDIA
  • Beale Street
  • Witness Walls

Topics Discussed:

  • Slave trade on the Mississippi
  • Sanitation Workers Strike (I Am A Man)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King’s last speech and assassination
  • Lunch counter sit-ins and the student movement
  • Music of the Black south

Take the journey through Tenessee Civil Rights history with us!