6:01 Commemoration

*Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Free and Open to the public • does not include Museum admission
Museum open to visitors on this tuesday • Rain location: Hooks Hyde Hall

The annual April 4th Commemoration at the National Civil Rights Museum is a community-focused observance of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of his death at the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968.

The event will feature the changing of the wreath on the balcony of Room 306 where Dr. King was slain and a moment of silence at 6:01pm, the time the fatal shot was fired in April 1968. The program includes guest speakers, music selections, a ceremonial wreath laying and a community litany of remembrance. The event is held in the courtyard beneath the balcony and is free and open to the public.

This year, the Museum will ask guests to sign a Pledge for Peace and Action to achieve those things Dr. King identified in his final narrative, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?  The Museum is calling the entire city and nation to engage in a yearlong remembrance, reflection and recommitment to the great moral agenda and values of justice, universal health care, and the elimination of poverty, racism, sexism and extreme militarism.

9:00 am

TEACH-IN/TRAINING SESSION at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 North Bellevue.  The Teach-In is free, but registration required at http://conta.cc/2mpkruc.

12 noon     

A PUBLIC RALLY will follow at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. 

The facilitator & speaker for the teach-in and rally is the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, leader of Moral Mondays and the NAACP in North Carolina.


6:01 COMMEMORATION at the National Civil Rights Museum is the annual, community-focused observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy featuring the changing of the balcony wreath, guest speakers, music selections, a Pledge for Peace and a moment of silence at 6:01pm.

The event opens with music by the Memphis Symphony's Woodwinds.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, former national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and former Alabama State University college president.  In her career as an engineer at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory and her dedicated community service, Boyd has been a prominent advocate for women’s equality and for the recruitment of black Americans into science and engineering.

Boyd helped develop the Atlas Scholars Program—the APL Technology Leaders Summer Internship Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Minority Institutions. ATLAS provides paid summer internships for qualified college seniors majoring in electrical engineering and computer science.

*On this Tuesday, the Museum is open, but admission is not included with the Commemoration event. Rain location: Hooks Hyde Hall.

April 4th Commemoration, an annual event at the National Civil Rights Museum.

The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. salutes Dr. King, who was an Alpha, with a wreath-laying ceremony in fraternal colors.

A musical tribute to Dr. King is delivered instrumentally and vocally during the commemoration program.

Museum staff and guest speakers deliver words of reflection and invite guests to carry on the legacy of nonviolence, peace and harmony with a community litany.

A diverse audience from near and far pays homage to the life and legacy of Dr. King each year during April 4th commemoration.