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National Civil Rights Museum

January 15, 2016 17:05 ET

National Civil Rights Museum Announces the Freedom Award Digital Network Premiere

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - January 15, 2016) - Today, the National Civil Rights Museum announced the premiere of the Freedom Award Digital Network.

For the first time viewers from around the world can experience the critically-acclaimed Freedom Award with tributes and entertainment honoring Ruby Bridges-Hall, activist and educator, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, civil rights movement organizer and Freedom Rider, and Ava DuVernay, highly acclaimed writer/director. The show also includes a special Salute to Selma recognizing the Selma 50th historymaker Reverend Clark Olsen.

Another first is the global viewing of the Public Forum, a unique youth-focused event that brings in 4000 students and educators to hear from and engage with the Freedom Award honorees.

Other highlights are the Backstage Pass with honoree interviews, bio videos, and the photo/video gallery.

To see the Freedom Award, Public Forum and other highlights, visit

The Freedom Award is presented annually by the National Civil Rights Museum. Since 1991, the Freedom Award has served as a symbol of the ongoing fight for human rights both in America and worldwide. Recipients are c­elebrated for their tireless contributions in civil and human rights, education, the arts, sports & community service, justice and for their dedication to creating opportunity for the disenfranchised. Past honorees include President Nelson Mandela, President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, President Mary Robinson, President Ellen Johnson-Sileaf, The Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Marlo Thomas, Sidney Poitier, Geoffrey Canada, Al Gore, Stevie Wonder, Harry Belafonte, Tom Brokaw, Frank Robinson, Ervin "Magic" Johnson, Dolores Huerta, Bill Russell, Rev. C.T. Vivian, Rev. Samuel Kyles, Dr. Dorothy Cotton, Julius Erving, Diane Nash, B.B. King, John Hope Franklin, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Paul Ruseseabagina, Bono, and Congressman John Lewis.

About The National Civil Rights Museum

The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, is the only Museum of its kind in the country that gives a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from 1619 to the present. The Museum chronicles this history,examines today's global civil and human rights issues, provokes thoughtful debate and serves as a catalyst for positive social change.

An internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum is recognized as TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Top 25 Museums, USA Today's Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC's Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal.

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