VIRTUAL celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday

Monday, January 18 • 12:00pm and 6:00pm central

Museum closed for visits due to covid restrictions

The National Civil Rights Museum presents King Day: A Virtual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday on January 18, 2021 via livestream at 6:00pm Central.  The event will showcase Dr. King’s work, the history of how the national holiday came to be, as well as how the museum has celebrated the holiday in years past.

  • The online celebration features musical performances by Memphis musicians Garry GoinTykeTKaren BrownAdajyo and many more.  
  • Dr. Hasan Jeffries, Associate Professor at Ohio State University and editor of Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement, will give scholarly insight on Dr. King life and legacy. 
  • The program also includes expressions from museum volunteers about the importance of serving on King Day at the museum over the years.

Due to pandemic restrictions, the museum is currently closed to visitors.  #KingDay2021

Special King Day Small But Mighty Storytime edition

VIRTUAL  •  2:00pm and 4:00pm Central

For young viewers, museum educator Dory Lerner shares a “Small But Mighty Storytime” reading of the book My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart written by Angela Farris Watkins. Through the Eyes of His Niece written by Angela Farris Watkins, PhD and illustrated by Eric Velasquez. This story reminds us that although Dr. King was a great hero and civil rights leader, he was also a human being, a father, an uncle, a husband, and a friend. He was kind and joyous and loved to share that joy with his family. We get to know Dr. King better as a person, and learn that his big heart inspired the world. After our reading, we will make our own "BIG HEARTS" to remind each one of us how we can spread love and peace on King Day and every day. This special storytime session is sponsored by Macy’s.


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