03.20.2017

Civil Rights Museum announces 'MLK50' commemoration

Civil Rights Museum announces 'MLK50' commemoration (Photo: Mike Brown/The Commercial Appeal)

Taking its title from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final book, the National Civil Rights Museum next month will launch an ambitious yearlong commemoration of the life and legacy of the man who was “the greatest peacemaker in our nation,” in the words of museum president Terri Lee Freeman.

A blend of reflection, education and activism, the “MLK50: Where Do We Go from Here” commemoration will culminate in an April 4, 2018, public "storytellers" evening marking the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination at the Lorraine Motel, the building that became the foundation of the museum, which opened in 1991. Freeman said she hopes the event will be nationally televised and feature a number of celebrities in addition to celebrated scholars and civil rights leaders.

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