National Civil Rights Museum celebrates life and legacy of MLK today

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The National Civil Rights Museum will host a hybrid commemoration event ‘Remembering MLK: The Man. The Movement. The Moment’ on April 4 to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

NCRM has also partnered with the Shelby County Health Department to offer free admission to county residents.

Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, will join the celebration to reflect on his legacy as part of the museum’s in-person program, according to a release from NCRM.

Kerry Kennedy is President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

She has devoted more than 40 years to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law. She works on a range of issues, including child labor, women’s rights, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, criminal justice reform, immigration, impunity, and environmental justice.

A human rights activist and lawyer, she authored New York Times bestseller Being Catholic Now, as well as Speak Truth to Power and Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope, according to the release.

Kerry has received high honors from President Lech Walesa of Poland for aiding the Solidarity movement, The Humanitarian Award from the Congress of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, and many other honors.

The museum is open during regular hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 4.

Tickets can be picked up at SCHD headquarters, 814 Jefferson Ave., on March 31 or April 1 from noon to 2 or 4:30 to 6, the release said.

The Museum invites a global audience to join this year’s commemoration, the 54th anniversary of Dr. King’s death.

The live broadcast begins at 4 pm Central time with a musical prelude followed by the commemorative service at 4:30 pm via the museum’s website and Livestream platforms.

This live broadcast is from the historic Lorraine Motel balcony where Dr. King was assassinated.

This year’s event features a keynote speaker, special performances, fraternal tributes, and the changing of the balcony wreath with a moment of silence at 6:01 pm Central the time when Dr. King was slain, the release said.

Dr. Leslie D. Callahan of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA is the keynote speaker. The W. Crimm Singers aka Wakanda Chorale, and the Iris Orchestra’s Artist Fellows with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra & University of Memphis Fellows will perform musical tributes to Dr. King.

Dr. Callahan has been the pastor of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA, since May 2009 serving as its fifth pastor and the first woman to lead the 132-year-old congregation. Callahan earned degrees from Harvard University, Union Theological Seminary (NY), and Princeton University. Active in public service, in 2012 she was appointed a commissioner of the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

The museum will also give away children’s craft kits to remember Dr. King, according to NCRM.

As with tradition, audio recordings of the civil rights leader’s speeches will play in the courtyard throughout the day.

Registration for the link to the live-streamed program is highly recommended. Moderated comments can also be shared during the virtual broadcast. For more information, visit April4th.org.