A celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday
Monday, January 16 • 8:00am – 6:00pm
Museum Campus • Free Admission
The National Civil Rights Museum has pivoted to present King Day: An All-Day Celebration on January 16, 2023, with free admission to the museum from 8:00am to 6:00pm, thanks to FedEx.
King Day will kick off yearlong observances themed “Freedom Can’t Wait” as the Museum focuses on major civil rights milestones with anniversaries in 2023.
The museum continues its commitment to a day of service by encouraging guests to bring nonperishable food items to support the Mid-South Food Bank and to be prepared to give blood to support the Vitalant blood drive.
KING DAY HIGHLIGHTS:
- Visitors can tour the museum from 8:00am–6:00pm. Free admission is sponsored by FedEx.
- A new exhibition, Tarred Healing, opens on King Day. It features photography by Cornell Watson, an award-winning Black photographer based in Durham, North Carolina, whose work is centered around sharing the stories of Black people.
- The museum is continuing its day of service partnerships with its annual blood drive with Vitalant to help with the critical blood shortage. Anyone donating blood will receive additional free admission for up to four people on any day in 2023.
- For its food drive benefitting the Mid-South Food Bank, the museum is requesting guests bring canned goods and nonperishables to help feed the growing number of hungry families in the Mid-South.
- A full day of entertainment on The Main Stage, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund, includes performances by Karen Brown, Gerald Richardson, Cordova High School Choir, and Satellite Band of Stax Music Academy.
- The Pavilion, sponsored by Wells Fargo, features family activities and entertainment including magic shows, balloon making, face painting, African drumming, craft activities, music, community resources, and more!
- Museum Members receive express entry into the museum on King Day. No waiting. Get membership info here.