Extension: Civil Rights in Memphis

Extend your civil rights studies as you visit some of the epicenters of black history in Memphis, from Beale Street to the Lorraine Hotel, where Dr. King was assassinated.
Program No. 23777RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

Extend your learning in Memphis to continue your black history studies. Listen to the stories that Beale Street has to tell as you find out how a yellow fever epidemic made this neighborhood the epicenter of black Memphis. Hear the echoes of B.B. King, Louis Armstrong and their Memphis Blues, and take a field trip to Stax Musuem of American Soul Music to find out how the music of Memphis fits into the civil rights story. Stand in front of the church where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his last sermon, and visit the Lorraine Hotel, where he took his last breath. This moving program will deepen your understanding and bring even more context to your studies of the civil rights movement in America.

Program Extension

To take this extension, enroll in this main program first.

The Civil Rights Movement: Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham

Journey through the Deep South to learn the history of the Civil Rights Movement and its defining clashes. Hear powerful stories of struggle and be inspired by resilient heroes.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to 1.5 miles one day. Standing for museum lectures up to an hour. On/off trolley.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the National Civil Rights Museum, built around the former Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.
  • Discover the Slave Haven Underground Railroad, said to be a hub of the underground railroad network.
  • Hear the stories and history of the music that infiltrated Memphis in the 1920s and changed the industry forever.
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