Today marks an important day in U.S. history, especially when it pertains to civil rights. Today is the American federal holiday to honor the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 87 on January 15. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, TN.
Every year, Memphis comes together to honor the holiday, as it still is a city that thrives on the acceptance of diversity, multiculturalism, and the historical importance of the civil rights movement.
Here are some of the events that you can attend in Memphis today to honor MLK Jr.:
- A celebration entitled the “Be The Dream Commemorative Celebration” was held at the Mason Temple, where Dr. King delivered his historic “Mountaintop” speech.
The 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King national parade will begin at 10:30 AM at the MATA Bus Terminal on Main Street and will end at the National Civil Rights Museum downtown.
- The National Civil Rights Museum will have extended hours as a tribute to Dr. King, as well as many performances by local artists and schools in the city. General admission will be lowered to $5, and you can enter for $3 if you bring a canned good donation.
- The Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans will be held at 1:30 PM at the Fed Ex Forum in their 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration game.
- The Memphis Chapter of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will host its annual event at the Monumental Baptist Church from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., located at 704 South Parkway East.
- WMC Action News 5’s Kontji Anthony will act as mistress of ceremonies
- Keynote speaker will be Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.
- Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong will receive an award.
As a proud Memphian and supporter of travel to our beautiful city, I love seeing our community come together to honor the life of one of America’s most influential and inspiring leaders.