Welcome to the Cornelia Crenshaw Human Rights Preservation Foundation, Inc

Ms. Cornelia Crenshaw (1916-1994) was a transcendent civil rights icon, active in Memphis, TN in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and early 90s. Ms. Crenshaw played an integral role in organizing a strategic committee to bring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, TN on the behalf of the Sanitation Workers’ strike in 1968.

Since then, she dedicated her life to fighting racial injustices, improving the condition of the American American people, and helping the poor, disadvantaged, and downtrodden people across the country.

Unfortunately, her memory is vague and her contributions are rarely mentioned in accordance to other civil rights icons. As “others” strive to eliminate her memory and impact, the Cornelia Crenshaw Human Rights Preservation Foundation will preserve her image and continue her work in uniting the African American people, of all classes, to fight racial injustice.


Welcome to the Cornelia Crenshaw Human Rights Preservation Foundation Inc., a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit charitable foundation that was founded for the purpose of serving Memphis & Shelby County and the surrounding communities by giving monetary donations, self-service to the communities that we proudly serve, relief of and assistance to the poor, the distressed, and the underprivileged; lessening the burdens of government; promotion of economic development; promotion of social welfare by lessening of neighborhood tensions; the elimination of prejudice and discrimination; the combating of community deterioration and juvenile delinquency; promotion of training and instruction of individuals for the purpose of improving or developing their capabilities; instruction of the public on subjects useful to the individual and beneficial to the community and promotion of civic betterment and social improvement.   

The Corporation shall have all of the powers necessary, appropriate or convenient for accomplishment of its purposes, including the power to adopt bylaws; to receive, acquire, and dispose of funds and other property; to accept gifts, devises, bequests and grants in the aid of its purposes; to enter into agreements; to elect director and officers; to pay reasonable compensation or make reimbursement for services rendered or expenses incurred on behalf of the Corporation, and generally to exercise all of the permissible powers given by law to all corporations and by Tennessee law. 

Cornelia Crenshaw Human Rights Preservation Foundation, Inc. shall be not for profit.


The Cornelia Crenshaw Human Rights Preservation Foundation is concerned that every citizen of Memphis and Shelby County register to vote and then encourages every registered voter to cast their vote in every election (City, County, State, and Federal). If you have not done so, REGISTER TODAY!!! 

Voting is a way to change poor and insensitive leadership (elected and appointed officials).

The Foundation is looking into having voter registration drives in the near future. The people have the power to unseat those politicians who are catering to corruption and are ignoring their supporters and constituents.                     

Email us at:  corneliacrenshaw@corneliacrenshaw.com

Museum Purpose:

The Cornelia Crenshaw Human Rights Preservation Foundation is seeking to have a museum for Mrs. Cornelia Crenshaw in her honor to bring awareness to individuals who may not know of her and create a recognition room in the museum of other women in Memphis and Shelby County of stature, who have made a positive impact in helping the community.

The museum will provide space for children to learn from her many works and hopefully empower them to stay in school, and away from crime and not become a victim of their surroundings.


The assistance will bring supplements to individuals who would otherwise go hungry or go without the bare necessities to have a fulfilled day. Receiving valuable help from our foundation will have a positive effect in the community because it gives everyone something to look forward to.

It also allows them to know that they are not forgotten about and provides hope. The Cornelia Crenshaw Museum will bring tourism to the City of Memphis, and the museum will house her authentic furnishings along with an audio recording of her work and teach women and children leadership courses, just to name a few.