Optional Friday Networking event

No visit to Memphis, TN will be complete without a tour at the National Museum of Civil Rights or at Graceland.


The National Museum of Civil Rights chronicles the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the US, from slavery to human rights, from voting rights to immigration, from historic and present civil rights issues. The museum is located at the Lorraine Motel, the site of assassination of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. The National Museum of Civil Rights is a Smithsonian Affiliate, an internationally acclaimed cultural institution, is recognized as a 2019 National Medal Award recipient by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the top national honor for museums and libraries.  It is a TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Top 5% U.S. Museum, USA Today's Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC's Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Business Journal. Come join us on the Friday tour to reflect, be inspired, and experience the power of positive social change.


Graceland, home to the King of the Rock – Elvis Presley. If you are an Elvis fan, you don’t need more persuasion to visit Graceland. If you are not an Elvis fan, here are a few reasons why you should visit:

  • It is the second most visited private resident in the US (the first being the White House, which now requires tour submission via your Member of Congress for Americans or your embassy for non-Americans).

  • It is not just a house – admission includes Presley Automobile Museum, ICONS: The Influence of Elvis Presley Exhibit, Fashion King Exhibit, Private Presley: Elvis in the Army Exhibit, Elvis’ Tupelo Exhibit, The Fair Grounds gaming center, Elvis’s personal airplanes and more.

  • To travel back in time to 1977 – Graceland is not a movie set or a reproduction of the Elvis era; Graceland is the Elvis era, diligently preserved over time.

  • To legally write your name on a US National Historic Landmark – bring a sharpie!

  • Since you ain’t an Elvis fan, you might as well learn the story of Elvis Presley, from his humble beginnings to becoming one of the biggest international rock stars.


The Friday trip includes admission of a platinum tour at Graceland, admission of a self-guided tour at the National Museum of Civil Rights, and transportation to and from the conference hotel.  Please note that lunch is not included in the trip cost.

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