MEMPHIS, Tenn. — April 4 remains a pivotal date for the City of Memphis. That is when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel.
It’s since transformed into the National Civil Rights Museum, used as a tool to share Dr. King’s legacy.
This will continue Sunday with a virtual commemoration.
Dr. Noelle Trent, director of interpretation, collections and education for the museum, said it will be a reminder of MLK’s connection to Memphis.
“This day is the day for us to really dwell with the discomfort of what happened, to really grieve and mourn the loss of Dr. King’s life, but also to look at what he came to Memphis to do,” Trent said.
Trent said this year’s ceremony will feature activities for kids to learn about Dr. King’s legacy. Guest speakers include Reverend James Lawson, Bishop David Talley and Dr. Bernard Richardson.
She said the hope is that the event resonates in a time of social unrest.
“He was looking at non-violence from an international and domestic perspective,” she said. “He was looking at working across racial boundaries and across geographic boundaries. Really concerned with all people.”
Trent said the museum takes great honor in sharing Dr. King’s Legacy but also helping people learn how they can make a difference.
“We see every time there is a moment of racial tension or racial conflict within this country, people come here because they’re trying to make sense of what happened,” she said. “We take great honor that we are in a position to not only tell the story but help people see how that story is applicable to their own lives.”
The ceremony starts at 2 PM Sunday and is free and open to the public. You can register and stream it on the National Civil Rights Museum website.
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