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Monday, January 15 - 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


On the national holiday Monday, January 15, the National Civil Rights Museum will remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most prolific humanitarians and leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement.  The focus of the celebration is community service and social justice in honor of Dr. King’s impact on the global society. Activities include daylong performances, youth-centered "edutainment," a health pavilion and the National Civil Rights Museum experience. In the spirit of service, the Museum will hold its annual drives for Mid-South Food Bank and Lifeblood, and serve as a center for community resources and engagement. 


King Day Highlights

  • Visitors can tour the museum from 8am - 6pm. 
  • All day entertainment, a children's pavilion with fun learning activities, community organizations resource area and a voter registration drive.
  • Entertainment throughout the day on the Founders Park mainstage will feature a variety of performances. Special guests, media personalities and food vendors will also be on site.
  • The Healthy Community Pavilion will provide important health information and screenings. See health agencies below.
  • Mammograms by Methodist Lebonheur Healthcare's mobile unit are available. Non-insured and underinsured clients may qualify for Komen grant (with completed paperwork that day). Accepted insurance plans include Cigna, BCBS, United, Aetna, Humana,  Medicare and Medicaid. Military personnel must have a referral from their physician.
  • Children's activities will be held in outdoor tents from 10am to 4pm and include music, face painting, balloon artists, puppeteers, arts and crafts (decorating a birthday cake celebrating Dr. King, creating their own message buttons.)

Street Closures

Because the safety of museum visitors is a priority, there will be a few road closures for pedestrian traffic around the Museum's campus.

  • Huling Avenue at South Main Street
  • Huling Avenue at St. Martin Street
  • Butler Avenue at South Main
  • Mulberry at G.E. Patterson
  • LIMITED ACCESS to St. Martin Street from Second Avenue to G.E. Patterson


The Museum's visitor parking lot will be closed Friday, January 12 - Monday, January 15, due to setup of children's activities, community resources and health pavilion hosted there on the holiday.  On-street parking and public parking lots (some paid) are available off campus.

Security check

Museum visitors should leave behind weapons, tools, self-defense items that might trigger an alarm during the metal detection and bag check process. Guests will be asked to return any prohibited items to their vehicles before entering the Museum.

Annual Mid-South Food Bank Drive

Receive $2 Off Admission with Canned Good/Non-Perishable Food Donations

FoodBank_logoObserved as a day of service, the King Holiday at the Museum is a chance for visitors to give back to the community and receive discounted admission by making food donations to benefit Mid-South Food Bank. Visitors bringing canned goods or non-perishable items receive $2 off admission on January 15 only.  

Non-perishable items include canned meats (tuna, stews, chili, Spam, soups), canned fruit and veggies, canned juices, and peanut butter. NO glass containers.

The Food Drive is just one way everyone can serve the community and take in important history while honoring Dr. King's legacy. One of Dr. King's last initiatives was the Poor People's Campaign, so giving to help those in need furthers this cause. Feed the need!

About Mid-South Food Bank

King Day LifeBlood Drive

With blood donation, receive free admission for up to 4 people on King Day only.

LifebloodLogo2014Give the gift of life during the King Holiday. Lifeblood mobiles will be onsite on the January 15 from 8:00am to 4:00pm to receive blood donations. Donors receive free admission valid only on King Day for up to four people with a one-pint donation. Also, donors who give blood the week of January 8-14 at Lifeblood Centers receive an admission voucher for King Day.

Did you know that 90% of everyone who lives in the Mid-South will need a blood transfusion before they turn 70? Unfortunately, less than 10% of the population actually donates. Visit aLifeblood Donor Center or mobile event today and bring along a friend. Together, you can save up tosix lives in under an hour.

About LifeBlood

Thank you!

The Museum thanks the following in-kind sponsors and corporate volunteers without whom the King Day festivities would not be possible.

Bank of America
Caesar's Foudation
Caesar's Hero's
Home Depot
International Paper
Gold Strike
United States Army Corps Of Engineers
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

African Drums with Ekpe Abioto
Joe Murphy - Music for Aardvarks
Magic Mr. Nick - magician
Queen Airbrush - face painting
Jean Bakken, Cheryl Wortham - balloon artists
Les Passess Kids on the Block - puppeteers
Home Depot - craft activity
Button Making - NCRM Volunteers
Facing History & Ourselve

Clean Memphis
Facing History and Ourselves
Girls Inc. of Memphis
Just City
Les Passees
Memphis 3.0
Memphis City Beautiful
South Main Association
Starbucks (along with partners Seeding Success & City Year Memphis)
Voter Registration


  • CHOICES - Memphis Center for Reproductive Health
  • Girl Scouts Heart of the South
  • Early Success Coalition
  • Healthy Homes Partnership 
  • Le Bonheur Community Health and Well-Being HIV testing
  • Memphis Tilth 
  • Sister Reach
  • Southern College of Optometry 

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others?"

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.