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‘Recognition Before Reconciliation’

With the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on Poplar as the setting, a panel discussion (June 13) that focused on civil rights added to the multi-day, No Tears Project presentation in Memphis.

Rooted at the Oxford American – a quarterly magazine that focuses on the American South – the No Tears Project uses music and conversation to educate and engage communities with stories about civil rights. The arts outreach program aims to create “recognition as a precursor to reconciliation.”

The panel featured Dwania Kyles, a Memphis 13 member and daughter of the late Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles; Little Rock Nine member Elizabeth Eckford; and activist Reena Evers-Everette, daughter of Medgar and Myrlie Evers.

Dr. Russell Wigginton, president of the National Civil Rights Museum, moderated the discussion. 

Supt. Robin White of Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site provided opening remarks and context.



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