Sponsored by International Paper, the annual Student Forum is the opening event for the museum’s Freedom Award celebration. This program allows students and educators the opportunity to hear from trailblazers fighting for civil rights. Recognizing that they began their life's journey as everyday people, these leaders tell their story on how they were able to accomplish extraordinary things because of their commitment to equality, justice and freedom.The Student Forum (virtual) is a free student- and educator-only forum, during which the Keeper of the Dream Award is presented to outstanding youth.
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Memphis-based International Paper and the National Civil Rights Museum have partnered each year since 2002 to present the Keeper of the Dream Award, honoring sixth through 12th graders throughout the Greater Memphis Area who have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring equal rights and opportunities for others.