I AM A MAN exhibit - National Civil Rights Museum

For decades, the National Civil Rights Museum has focused the world's attention on the sacrifices made for human rights, paying tribute to strides made in education, sports, arts and entertainment, activism and legal justice. In 1991, the National Civil Rights Museum hosted the first annual Freedom Awards ceremony, designed to distinguish "the tireless contribution in civil and human rights" of seasoned pioneers, young legacies and noted icons of the movement at large.

Past Freedom Award recipients include His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, Eva Longoria, Julius Erving, Al Gore, B.B. King, Oprah Winfrey, Kirk Whalum, Bono, President Bill Clinton, Sidney Poitier, Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks, Gen. Colin Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Bishop Desomnd Tutu and many, many more.

The National Civil Rights Museum is housed in the Lorraine Motel and nearby rooming house where accused assassin James Earl Ray fired the fatal shot at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, and only a few short blocks from the neon of famed Beale Street Entertainment District, South Main shopping and the Mississippi River.

Visit the National Civil Rights Museum website for more information about the Freedom Awards.