News Release: CSE to Host Book Release Events in NYC & Memphis

Mar 07, 2018

Press Release

CAMPAIGN FOR SCHOOL EQUITY TO celebrate the release of New Book, An education dream, with events in Memphis and New York City
An Education Dream tells the story of public education in the 50 years after King’s death

Memphis, Tennessee – Campaign for School Equity (CSE) will host two events in March to celebrate the worldwide release of An Education Dream: Public Education 50 Years After Dr. King’s Death. Published by CSE in partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum as part of the yearlong MLK50 commemoration, the book uses interviews, speeches, and previously unpublished photographs to convey Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s belief in education as a fundamental component of equality and to chronicle his work in education reform. The first event will take place on Wednesday, March 14 at the National Civil Rights Museum. Then, on Friday, March 16, CSE will partner with Democrats for Education Reform, the Walton Family Foundation, The 74, and StudentsFirst New York to host an event at WeWork Bryant Park in New York, NY. Both events are from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time and will include a panel discussion, reception, and book signing. They are free and open to the public.

An Education Dream focuses on Dr. King’s efforts to place education at the forefront of the American civil rights movement, provides historical context for contemporary education advocacy, and profiles modern endeavors to make Dr. King’s dream of equitable education access for all a reality.

“Up until his death, Dr. King wrote profusely on the subject of equity and equality in education as one of the most important Civil Rights issues of his time,” said Mendell Grinter, CSE’s Executive Director and editor of An Education Dream.

“Fifty years later, his vision of equal access to high-quality education still hasn’t been achieved. With this book, we hope to amplify Dr. King’s assertion that education is one of the cornerstones for economic advancement, celebrate the successes that have been made, and inspire the community to continue working to make Dr. King’s education dream a reality for all children.”

Released on MLK Day, An Education Dream includes 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 features 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

Read excerpts and watch interviews at

“The pursuit of equal educational opportunity is about so much more than education—it is a fight for social justice,” said John B. King Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Education for the Obama administration and president and CEO of The Education Trust.

“Every child deserves an education that opens doors to opportunity and that can help fulfill our country’s fundamental promise, which is that all people in America can make of their lives whatever they choose. That is a vision that Dr. King worked to further through the civil rights movement more than a half-century ago, and it is a vision that we must commit ourselves to realize today,”

An Education Dream is available at all major bookstores and online at

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