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Remembering MLK:

The Man. The Movement. The Moment.
virtual broadcast

Saturday, April 4, 2020 • 5:00pm Central

The National Civil Rights Museum will present a virtual commemoration in honor of Dr. King’s life and legacy on the 52nd anniversary of his death.  Since the pandemic surge, the museum has retooled its original event to produce digital content and a virtual broadcast entitled, “Remembering MLK: The Man. The Movement. The Moment.”  The program airs on the museum’s website, YouTube, Facebook, Livestream platforms.

This year, the virtual commemoration will include some of the best segments of MLK50 and past ceremonies with remarks from civil rights icons, inspiring performances and spoken word. The broadcast will culminate with a moment of silence at 6:01pm, the time Dr. King was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. 

In tribute to Dr. King, we’re chronicling his last seven days, March 28 to April 4, with exclusive reflective moments including our historians' ”MLK POV” chat, a commemorative timeline, a special musical ensemble of his favorite song, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” never-before-seen artifacts from the NCRM Collections Vault, a children’s storytime, and memorable selections throughout the day on our social media channels. Visitors to the museum’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn pages can share their comments and stories about Dr. King’s legacy.

Musicans' Remote Tribute of "take my hand, Precious Lord"



RISE - A SPECIAL Performance by Collage Dance Collective

04.04.2020  •  6:50AM CDT  •  Artistic Director, Kevin Thomas



Remembering MLK: The Man. The Movement. The Moment. A virtual commemoration of Dr. King's life and legacy of a civil rights leader who continues to impact our world. 

“We should always stop and reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King on April 4, but this year it is needed more than ever as we try to navigate through this public health crisis,” said Museum President Terri Lee Freeman.  “Dr. King’s message of economic equity is so relevant. We are seeing the devastation this crisis is taking not just on the health of our communities but on the economic wellbeing of our neighbors. We are seeing just how fragile the financial safety net is for far too many people. Celebrating King’s acceptance of humanity, but disdain of inequity and injustice, is very important in 2020.”

Join us for the livestream April 4, 2020, 5:00pm CDT.

April 4th Commemoration, is an annual event remembering Dr. King at the National Civil Rights Museum.






See the Timeline: King's Last Seven Days 


Watch the MLK POV video Series on YouTube


2019 COMMEMORATION Photo Gallery

  • Due to rain, the commemoration event is moved inside in 2019.
  • Museum educator Dory Lerner conducts activities for children and families.
  • Families make peaceful protest signs during commemoration activities.
  • HBCU LeMoyne Owen College Choir performs.
  • Dr. Omid Safi of Duke University is keynote speaker.
  • Civil rights icon Rev James Lawson gives remarks.
  • Civil rights icon Rev Jesse Jackson gives remarks.
  • A salute to striking Memphis Sanitation Workers of 1968.


  • Rev. Michael Pflegler gives keynote.
  • Rev. Al Green sings the finale while civil rights icons Rev. Jesse Jackson and Congressman John Lewis join hands in unity.
  • Poet Ed Mabrey delivers a special tribute to Dr. King.
  • Museum President Terri Lee Freeman sets the tone of the special occasion.
  • 105 Voices of History, HBCU National Concert Choir
  • Civil rights Icons Revs. Ed King and Bernard Lafayette (in hats).
  • Civil rights icon John Trumpaeur Mulholland
  • Celebrity actors Glenn Turman (L) and Chris Tucker (R) with guests attend the commemoration.
  • A bell toll around the world at 6:01pm, the time King was shot.
  • Thousands gather to hear Dr. King
  • The audience is engaged by the empowering words of the speakers and performers.
  • 15,000 people from around the world paid tribute to Dr. King on the 50th anniversary of his death.

2017 Commemoration Photo Gallery

  • People pay homage to Dr. King on the anniversary of his death in 2017.
  • Community litany recited in reverence to Dr. King.
  • The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. pay a special tribute to Dr. King who was an Alpha.
  • Rev. William Barber gives fiery remarks.
  • Audience includes members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as national president Gwen Boyd give keynote
  • The audience participates in the community litany.
  • Gwen Boyd and Museum President hangs the ceremonial wreath on the balcony of Room 306 where Dr. King last stood.
  • Woman donned a T-shirt with words of compassion.