On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Each year to commemorate his assassination the National Civil Rights Museum presents special programming with music, litany or vigil.
This year is the 45th anniversary commemoration. All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
2013 COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAM SCHEDULE
- 10:00am – AFSCME Labor Union Rally – National Civil Rights Museum courtyard (rain or shine) featuring several speakers ranging from the union’s international president, Lee Saunders, and Al Sharpton of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” to Jacob Flowers of the Mid South Peace and Justice Center.
- 12:00pm – Museum Panel Discussion – “Labor Unions: Then and Now,” featuring Shelley Seeburg and Chad Johnson representing national and local AFSCME offices, and 1968 sanitation worker Mr. Alvin Turner. Event will take place in the Freedom’s Sisters Building (115 Huling at Mulberry Street)
- 5:30pm – Museum Commemorative Program. Held in museum courtyard (in case of rain – Freedom’s Sister Building).
- Featuring Rev. Keith Norman, First Baptist Church, Broad Street, Memphis
- Elite Chamber Choir, male accapella group
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity salutes MLK – fraternity pledge, song, prayer and placement of memorial wreath.
- India Community Fund for Greater Memphis Student Essay Contest Winner Recognition