Campaign For School Equity To Honor MLK’s Legacy With A Commemorative Coffee Table Book On Public Education

Campaign For School Equity To Honor MLK’s Legacy With A Commemorative Coffee Table Book On Public Education
Campaign for School Equity (CSE) is pleased to announce plans for a new book that will highlight Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work in education reform. Published by CSE in partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum as part of the yearlong MLK50 commemoration, An Education Dream: Public Education 50 Years After Dr. King’s Death will use interviews, speeches, and previously unpublished photographs to pay homage to Dr. King’s belief in education as a fundamental component of equality. The book will chronicle Dr. King’s efforts to place education at the forefront of the American civil rights movement, provide historical context for contemporary education advocacy, and profile modern endeavors to make Dr. King’s dream of equitable education access for all a reality.
“I can think of no better way for us to honor Dr. King than to shine a spotlight on his tireless crusade to ensure a high-quality education for all,” said Mendell Grinter, CSE’s Executive Director and editor of An Education Dream.
“We hope that this historic publication will serve as a beautiful testimony to Dr. King’s accomplishments and an inspiring catalyst for community action toward better public schools and better opportunities for all children in the years to come.”
Scheduled for release in January 2018, An Education Dream will include historical facts, anecdotes, interviews, and never-seen-before photographs of Dr. King; speeches by both Dr. King and other education advocates and civil rights leaders; an analysis of the state of public education in the U.S. and in Memphis over the last 50 years; profiles of significant milestones and achievements in education reform; and an evaluation of modern setbacks that will help shape tactics as the education reform movement continues. The curated collection will feature contributions from such notable historians, authors, photographers, and civil rights leaders as:
· The Memphis 13, the first-graders who desegregated Memphis City Schools in 1961
· Terri Freeman, President, National Civil Rights Museum
· John King, former U.S. Secretary of Education and President and CEO of the Education Trust
· Daniel Kiel, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Memphis and director of The Memphis 13
· Earle Fisher, Senior Pastor of Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis
· Tami Sawyer, Social Justice Activist
· Howard Fuller, Professor of Education at Marquette University and Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning
· Shavar Jeffries, President, Democrats for Education Reform
· Cardell Orrin, Executive Director, Stand for Children Memphis
· Bobby White, Founder and CEO, Frayser Community Schools
“Dr. King believed that education was not only the simple pursuit of knowledge, but an essential requirement for the development of moral character and human empathy and the ability to contribute positively to society,” said Terri Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum.
“It is our pleasure to support this project that will shed new light on a social platform that Dr. King was passionate about.”
An Education Dream can be pre-ordered online at
Campaign for School Equity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to the equitable utilization of high-quality educational options. CSE works relentlessly in communities across the country to train and mobilize faith leaders, community leaders, students, and parents to ensure equal educational opportunity to every child. More information about CSE and its work can be found at

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