The Memphis 13 is the group of young children who integrated the schools of Memphis, TN on October 3, 1961. GHS-TV Reporter Rodney McKinney tells the story of how Bruce Elementary students and faculty honors the memories of the young heroes of school’s desegregation.

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  • ON THIS DAY: 13 first graders desegregated Memphis City Schools

    On October 3, 1961, 13 African-American students entered Memphis City Schools for the first time. Menelik Fombi, Dwania Kyles, and Harry Williams went into Bruce Elementary School. The other 10 ...

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  • Memphis 13 member reflects on school desegregation 50 years later

    Known as the Civil Rights Movement's "pint-sized pioneers," 13 African American children in Memphis made history segregating schools Bruce, Rozelle, Springdale, and Gordon Elementary in 1961. Leandrew ...

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    She's also helping organize a public meeting on the issue from 6-8 p.m. June 20 at Bruce Elementary ... 1:30 p.m. June 13 in Nashville, which would likely result in another setback for the city. The ...

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    The Germantown Municipal Schools board has dropped the idea of building a new elementary ... Memphis call center with a Wednesday, Feb. 1, job fair at its company offices. The hiring event runs from 9 ...

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    Data on who is visiting the crossing show 70 percent come from Memphis and 30 percent ... and city attorney/chief legal officer Bruce McMullen. The store is in a residential area less than a mile from ...

  • Memphis 13 visit Bruce Elementary

    Quoting Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to the crowd at Bruce Elementary Monday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen noted the arc of the moral universe only bends toward justice because of people who take ...

  • Bruce Elementary students honor Memphis 13

    Memphis, Tenn. — Students in Memphis are celebrating a movement milestone today. It’s been 55 years since 13 African-American students became the first to integrate Memphis City Schools. On Monday, ...

  • New Markers Honor the Memphis 13

    The markers were placed at the four schools — Bruce, Gordon, Rozelle, and Springdale Elementary Schools — in which the 13 enrolled on October 3, 1961. "When I read that one of the Memphis 13 said they ...

  • Historical markers posted at four schools to remember “Memphis 13”

    SCS said Bruce Elementary is 73% African American. Rozelle and Springdale are 96% African American. SCS said since Gordon now hosts an alternative school, and student data changes frequently. Saturday ...

  • Integration and Innocence

    In an interview with Memphis magazine in 1996, the Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles recalled taking his 6-year-old daughter Dwania to her first day of class at Bruce Elementary School in October 1961. "Some ...

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