An initiative of the Center for Cultural Innovation


Courtesy of Richard Copley. I Am A Man. 28 March 1986. Memphis, TN. Photo by Richard Copley.

Historic Clayborn Temple

The Historic Clayborn Temple is a non-profit based in Memphis, Tennessee, and is officially acknowledged as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Clayborn Temple was the base of operations for the Sanitation Workers’ Strike of 1968 where civil rights and labor activists organized together to demand better working conditions and higher pay. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr joined their protest efforts and gave a speech at the Temple on March 18, 1968. Clayborn is introducing and making possible a cooperative ecosystem of businesses and services in Memphis—a first of its kind in all of Memphis—in order to confer ownership and power into the hands of African American community members through a cultural lens. AmbitioUS is extending a two-year general operating support grant to contribute to the Historic Clayborn Temple’s community development efforts in ways that cultivate community ownership and governance to achieve self-determination that will foster collectivized power among local community residents.








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