The archive includes photographs, government documents, personal papers, and oral histories. Organizers hope that the project will begin discussion within the community about the long-term effects of the movement on Memphis.
The college will host a public opening of the archive April 25th at 7 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center. The event will include a panel discussion involving participants in civil rights activities from throughout the region.
You can view part of the exhibit online. It currently includes collections of documents from the 1955 Hoxie, Arkansas, school desegregation as well as documents from the 1962 Hearings of the Commission on Civil Rights in Memphis.