Group marches against corporate interests at National Civil Rights Museum - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Group marches against corporate interests at National Civil Rights Museum

A fight to keep the National Civil Rights Museum publicly-owned took center stage in downtown Memphis Saturday.

About a hundred people marched from the Clayborn Temple to the Civil Rights Museum to speak out against the possible corporate domination of this historic landmark. 

The group called for changes among the National Civil Rights Museum's board of directors.  
    
Members of the Civil Rights Museum Oversight Committee say the 32 member board has too much corporate domination and not enough civil rights experience. 

"Only three people who sit on that board of directors have any civil rights experience at all and they haven't had any experience in the last 20 years," said Deke Pope of the Museum Oversight Committee.

Earlier this week, the museum reached a tentative agreement with the state of Tennessee on a 20 year lease that mandates the board be at least 60% African American.

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