• MLK50 Symposium: Where Do We Go from Here - Day One

    Apr 2nd, 2018
    8:00am - 5:25pm
    Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

    The two-day MLK50 Symposium will convene scholars, historians and thought leaders from across the country to present on the state of civil and human rights issues and racial and economic equity 50 years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

    Day One of the Symposium, to be hosted by the University of Memphis School of Law, will have a legal focus with panel discussions on topics covering criminal justice, voting rights, persistent poverty and 21st century activism.

    The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States (2009-2015), Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, will be the keynote speaker for Day One at a ticketed luncheon. Tickets are $75.



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  • MLK50 Symposium: Where Do We Go from Here – Day Two

    Apr 3rd, 2018
    8:30am - 4:00pm
    University of Memphis Rose Theatre, 470 University, Memphis, TN 38111

    The two-day MLK50 Symposium will convene scholars, historians and thought leaders from across the country to present on the state of civil and human rights issues and racial and economic equity 50 years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

    Day Two of the Symposium will be hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum and will consist of three panel discussions -- Memphis 50 Years Later, Marching Forward; Poverty & Economic Equity: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; and The Promise of Education -- and a ticketed luncheon.

    Taylor Branch, American author and historian best known for his award-winning trilogy of books chronicling the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and much of the history of the American Civil Rights Movement, will be the keynote speaker for the ticketed luncheon to be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel at 3700 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38111 located on the University of Memphis campus.  Tickets are $50. 

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  • MLK50 Day of Remembrance

    Apr 4th, 2018
    10:00am - 6:15pm
    National Civil Rights Museum


    On April 4, 2018, all eyes will turn to Memphis, Tennessee to remember the tragic event that occurred 50 years prior.  Our nation’s greatest peacemaker was snatched from us by a sniper’s bullet.  It occurred at the Lorraine Motel, 450 Mulberry Street in Memphis, Tennessee, now, the location of the National Civil Rights Museum.  That shot would reverberate throughout the world, and on April 4, 2018, the world remember the event that occurred at approximately 6:01 p.m. CT.  The National Civil Rights Museum wants to help the world reflect, but not linger on the past, but instead use that horrific event to propel us forward.

    There will be:

    10:00 AM Daylong Tributes from the MLK50 Main Stage in the Museum Courtyard – Musical, dance and spoken word performances and reflections from civil rights leaders in salute to Dr. King. Free to the public.

    3:30 PM The 6:01 50th Anniversary Ceremony from the Balcony of the Lorraine Motel – The Beloved Community will gather for the official ceremony with the laying of the wreath, ecumenical liturgy, musical and spoken word tributes, and remarks from civil rights icons. Free to the public.

    6:01 PM Bell Toll – Bells ring at places of worship, college campuses or institutions 39 times across the nation to honor the number of years Dr. King dwelled on this earth and to pay homage to his legacy. To register your institution to participate in the nationwide bell toll, click here.

    All events at the Museum are free and open to the public.


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  • Evening of Storytelling

    Apr 4th, 2018
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104

    6:00pm Reception  •  7:00pm Storytelling 

    This signature event will be the culmination of the yearlong MLK50 Commemoration.  An Evening of Storytelling will bring living icons of the early civil rights movement and emerging social justice leaders together for an intimate look at the American Civil Rights Movement from its past foundations of the 1950s and 1960s to the mobilizations and grassroots organizing happening now.  With anecdotes, moderated discourse, music, dance, and art, the crowning event for MLK50 will explore how past activism laid the groundwork for current action and how new civil rights movement makers are working to advance the social justice legacy of Dr. King.

    The event will address the MLK50 theme, Where Do We Go From Here?  Michael Eric Dyson and April Ryan will co-moderate a session with a set of candid discussions on the political, legal, and cultural aspects of social justice activism.  Former MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall will moderate a session with John Lewis and James Lawson.  Invited speakers will share their recollections from the front lines, analysis of modern strategies, and ideas for new techniques that modern activists can use to further Dr. King’s platforms for peace, justice and equity.  Confirmed guests include seasoned civil rights icons U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Jesse Jackson, James Lawson, Marian Wright Edelman, Diane Nash, Clarence Jones, Bill Lucy, Mike Cody, and Elaine Turner along with newcomers Yadon Israel, Bree Newsome, Quentin James, Nicole Porter, Tamika Mallory, Alicia Garza, and Tami Sawyer.  Tickets are $100.



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  • Night at the Lorraine

    Jun 9th, 2018
    7:00pm - 11:00pm
    National Civil Rights Museum

    Come celebrate the vibrant history of the Lorraine Motel for the benefit of the National Civil Rights Museum. Step back in time with an evening of food, music and fun reminiscent of the Lorraine Motel.


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