90th Birthday Celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. at The National Civil Rights Museum
A 90th birthday celebration
Monday, January 21 – 8:00am-6:00pm
SPECIAL ADMISSION with food drive & blood drive donations
On the national holiday Monday, January 21, the National Civil Rights Museum will remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most prolific humanitarians and leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement. The focus of the celebration is community service and social justice in honor of Dr. King’s impact on the global society. Activities include daylong performances, youth-centered “edutainment,” a health pavilion and the National Civil Rights Museum experience. In the spirit of service, the Museum will hold its annual drives for Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood, and serve as a center for community resources and engagement.
King Day Highlights
Visitors can tour the museum from 8am–6pm. Included in the tour is the exhibit Without Regard to Race or Color: The Past, Present and Future of One Historically Black College, where visitors can view photography depicting the history of Morris Brown College.
The Healthy Community Pavilion will be staged in the museum’s visitor parking lot that includes resources and screenings from a dozen local health organizations like Methodist Mammography Mobile, St. Jude Sickle Cell Program, Church Health, Baptist Women’s Health Center, Southern College of Optometry, CHOICES, LeBonheur Community Health & Well-Being, Early Success Coalition, Healthy Kids and Teens Memphis, and others.
The Pavilion will also provide resources and information by organizations including Just City, New Memphis Institute, NAACP, Memphis Challenge, Sister Reach, Wolf River Conservancy, Girls Inc. of Memphis, Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative, and Girl Scouts-Heart of the South.
Entertainment throughout the day on the Founders Park Main Stage will feature a variety of performances including Will Graves & Soul, Mighty Souls Brass Band, Stax Music Academy, Watoto Academy of Performing Arts-Meeting Street Academy (Charleston, SC), Ekpe Abioto African drummers, and spoken word artists. Special guests, media personalities and food trucks will also be onsite.
Children’s Activity Tent will open 10am–4pm and include storytelling, face painting, music, balloon artists, puppeteers, arts and crafts like creating their own message buttons.
The Museum is a sanctioned site of Volunteer Memphis’ Days of Service where volunteer corps will conduct clean-up projects across the city. On Monday, January 21, it will work in partnership with Clean Memphis, Memphis City Beautiful and several organizations.