The National Civil Rights Museum, a Smithsonian Institute affiliate, celebrated its 30-year anniversary in 2021. Located at the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, NCRM has grown to become a global beacon of learning, reconciliation and hope for our future.

In a Frontline Conversation with Perry Pidgeon Hooks (’13), Co-founder and President of Hooks Book Events, the museum’s President, Dr. Russ Wigginton, will talk about the new strategy for putting the NCRM at the forefront of the national conversation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. With a focus on education, cultural contribution, economic empowerment, and corporate equity, he aims to make the museum a place of convening where solution-based discussions can be held. Through LGW’s current work with the “Anti-Racist Leadership Series”, previous work with “Putting Race on the Table” and the upcoming DMV Bridge Journeys, LGW has placed great focus on issues of racial equity. We look forward to hearing Dr. Wigginton discuss what it means for an organization to be an effective part of the DEI conversation.

Dr. Russ Wigginton serves as the President of the National Civil Rights Museum. He taught eight years in the History department at Rhodes, specializing in African-American and community history. He has published a book entitled, The Strange Career of the Black Athlete:  African-Americans and Sports, as well as articles and essays on African-American social and labor history.

Perry Pidgeon Hooks is the co-founder and President of Hooks Book Events, a company which produces private book and author events for its USGOV, corporate, and nonprofit clients. Perry has recently left DC and returned home to Memphis, TN, to get involved in the community; she remains a member of LGW and recently graduated from the fall Leadership Memphis Fast Track program.