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A Continued Search for Meaning: Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream

What's the Protest Sign Library?

Strikers wearing signs that read "I AM A MAN" marching down Main Street while National Guardsmen in an armored personnel carrier patrol alongside, March 1968.

University Libraries' Digital Repository Digital Image, University of Memphis Libraries Preservation and Special Collections Department.


The protest sign library is inspired by the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike protest signs and by the Protest Banner Lending Library in Chicago. This ongoing event (January through April) provides the UofM community an exercise in channeling change through visual representation.

The kick off event is January 17th at 4 pm.

From February through April, a protest sign creation station will pop up in McWherter Library's rotunda. Any UofM student, faculty, and staff can stop by and make a sign. Books and inspiration will be at the station, as well as other sign makers to engage in conversation. You can make your sign and submit it to be displayed in McWherter Library's rotunda, or take it with you. Displayed signs will be returned to their owners.
These dates are:
Wednesday, January 17 : 4 - 6
Monday, February 12 : 12 - 2
Tuesday, February 13 : 12 - 2
Monday, March 12 : 12 - 2
Tuesday, March 13 : 12 - 2
Monday, April 2 : 12 - 2
Tuesday, April 3 : 12 - 2

Approved signs will be hung in the rotunda of McWherter Library on a rotating basis.

If you create a sign in class or on your own time, feel free to bring it in to the Research & Informational Services desk; ask for Brannen Varner.

Books and eBooks for Inspiration

UofM Databases for Inspiration