Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Weekend of Events


Red carpet 6pm
Awards and Dinner 7pm


Rita Schwerner Bender (Equal Justice Award)
Ruby Bridges (Fannie Lou Hamer Award)
Rep. Robert Clark (Medgar Evers Legacy Award)
Congressman Bennie Thompson (Chariman’s Award)
Congressman John Lewis (Lifetime Achievement Award)


Date and Time:January 24, 2018 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m
Title: Townhall
Description: The townhall with be moderated by Joe Madison and will focus on several pressing human and civil rights issues. These issues include but are not limited to: (1) criminal justice reform (2) civic and electoral engagement (3) pay equity (4) worker rights and the (5) future of the civil rights movement
Moderator: Joe Madison

• Congressman John Lewis
• Senator Cory Booker
• Derrick Johnson, NAACP National President
• Judge Carlos Moore
• Rep. Sonya Williams Barnes


Mississippi Civil Rights Reopening Symposiums
Date and Time: January 24, 2018 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Symposium 1
Title: Mississippi Women’s Economic Security – Making Mississippi Women Secure
Description: This symposium will center its discussion on issues related pay equity.
Moderator: Joi Owens, Esp., Oxfam

• Cassandra Welchin, Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative
• Carol Burnett Mississippi Low Income childcare Initiative
• Wendy Mahoney Mississippi Collation Against Domestic Violence
• Felicia Brown-Williams Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc.


Symposium 2
Title: The Arc of Economic Mobility and Public Education in the Modern Civil Rights Era
Description: This symposium will weave in multiple topics grounded in Civil Rights history and the current context as it explores issues of economic justice, workers’ rights and public education.

Moderator: Dr. Corey Wiggins, Mississippi State Conference NAACP
Panelists: TBA


Symposium 3
Title: Millennials, the Movement, the Protest and What’s Next?
Description: This symposium will explore the context of Civil and Human Rights from the perspective of Millennials covering a range of topics including criminal justice, police brutality and civic engagement. This will be a youth led and designed symposium
Moderator: TBA

Panelists: TBA