As executive director of the Memphis region of Facing History and Ourselves, Marti Tippens Murphy is inspired by the stories of upstanders: extraordinary people who embraced the challenge to speak out, stand up for others, and make difficult decisions. Together, they helped to create a more inclusive, just, and compassionate Memphis. She led the commissioning of the Upstanders in Memphis History Mural in downtown Memphis. A native Memphian and Rhodes College Alumna, Tippens Murphy’s love for history and the power of storytelling led her to the Los Angeles office of Facing History in 1997. Since returning to her hometown in 2014, Murphy and her team continue to use the lessons of history and empathy to empower youth to stand up to bigotry and hate.