Memphis Cultural Organizations Remembering George Riley at MLK50, Spring 2018

George’s program ideas have been expanded and merged with events planned for spring 2018 in Memphis to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The following organizations have pledged to include recognition of George in their MLK50 programs, and some will highlight the works of Agee and Barber, which intersect so powerfully with the MLK50 themes:

Indie Memphis

  • Offering short film grants, featuring documentary films and hosting guest speakers--all with a focus on civil rights and social justice

  • An Agee/Barber-related program

  • A potential outdoor projection project

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

  • Black Resistance: Ernest C. Withers and the Civil Rights Movement, February 3- August 19
    Beginning in the 1950s, the Civil Rights era’s preeminent photo documentarian, Ernest Withers (1922-2007), photographed Black resistance in Memphis—from pickets and sit-ins to court room scenes. Along with photos from earlier protests, this six-month exhibition focuses on and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the events that occurred from March 27 through April 8, 1968.
  • Lecture Series in Conjunction with “Black Resistance” Exhibit
    • Café Conversation, Speakers TBD, Wednesday, February 21
    • Dr. Deborah Willis, artist/photographer/author, Wednesday, March 28

  • University of Memphis’ “Seeing Civil Rights” Symposium and Reception, Thursday, March 29

Department of English, University of Memphis (UofM)

  • “Seeing Civil Rights” Symposium and Reception at Brooks Museum of Art, Thursday, March 29
    Expanding on the Brooks Museum’s Ernest Withers exhibit, the symposium brings leading scholars, journalists, and photographers from across the country to discuss photography’s importance as an art form as well as an instrument of social change. 

  • “The Public Humanities in the 21st Century” Symposium Endowment
    Based on the collaboration between the English Department and Brooks Museum, an annual symposium pairing two cultural institutions in Memphis to highlight the ways that the humanities impact civic life.

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis

  • “Where Do We Go from Here?” Symposium, April 2-3
    Presented in partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum, this two-day symposium will explore the legal aspects of social justice. The law school will host the first day, with the second day taking place at the museum.

  • Symposium Endowment to hold a social justice symposium annually.

  • Chair Endowment to create a Visiting Chair on Civil Rights and Social Justice position named in honor of George Riley.

National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM)

  • "Where Do We Go from Here?" Symposium with law school, April 2-3

  • 50th Anniversary Commemoration of MLK’s Assassination, April 4

  • “An Evening of Storytelling,” Cocktail Reception, April 4

PRIZM Ensemble

PRIZM Ensemble provides chamber music education and performance opportunities for youth in underserved communities.

  • PRIZM’s “A Concert for the Next Fifty Years,” at Clayborn Temple, April 5

  • Education, Scholarships and “PRIZM in the Schools” Program

Clayborn Temple

Clayborn Temple was “Ground Zero” of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and remains one of the most historically significant sites in Memphis.

  • Clayborn Temple building restoration and pipe organ rebuilding in George’s name