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March 15, 2021 Visit USA No Comments Email Email
Memphis’ National Civil Rights Museum has announced that it will this year host a virtual commemoration, Remembering MLK, to mark the anniversary of Martin Luther King.

To be held on Sunday 4th April at 5 pm (8 am Monday AEDST), the virtual broadcast commemorates the 53rd anniversary of his death.
Honouring the man, the movement, and the moment, the virtual commemoration of Dr King’s life and legacy will showcase a civil rights leader who continues to impact the world today, and features several key elements.
The event will feature a conversation with Rev. James Lawson, a key ally of Dr King in pursuit of nonviolent philosophy, and who has trained a number of activists on civil disobedience.
Vocal ensemble Adajjyo will perform Dr King’s favourite gospel hymn, Precious Lord, and the event will also include a keynote from the Dean of Rankin Chapel at Howard University, Dr Bernard Richardson, who will explore Martin Luther King’s last days.
The broadcast will culminate with a moment of silence at 6.01 pm, the time Dr King was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.
The premier of Caged, a commissioned Chamber Orchestra piece by African American composer Brian Nabors, will follow the commemoration. The piece will be performed by Iris Orchestra and Memphis Symphony Orchestra Diversity Fellows.
Those interested in attending the virtual broadcast should head to https://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/
The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is noted as one of the USA’s premier heritage and cultural museums and is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally.
Established in 1991, the National Civil Rights Museum is located at the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Through interactive exhibits, historic collections, dynamic speakers and special events, the museum offers visitors a chance to walk through history and learn more about a tumultuous and inspiring period of change.
The museum is among the top 5% of institutions to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a founding member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, which brings together historic sites, museums and memory initiatives from all around the globe that connect past struggles to today’s movements for human rights and social justice.

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