MLK 50 | A Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
There comes a time when one
must take a position that is
neither safe, nor politic, nor popular,but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.
- Martin Luther King, Jr
Join the National Civil Rights Museum in remembering the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination with a yearlong commemoration from April 4, 2017 to April 4, 2018.
Join us in 50 weeks of Action by taking the Pledge for Peace.


Teach In: Church & Civil Rights

September 29-30, 2017

MLK Soul Concert Series

Fridays in September 2017

Youth Voices

Summer-Fall 2017

Youth Convening

Nov 10-12, 2017


Become a Collaborating Partner

Connect your organization with the National Civil Rights Museum's MLK50 program and increase exposure by supporting our events through promotion of your brand. Your partnership as an MLK50 Partner increases exposure for the honoring of Dr. King and his work for justice and peace



Your Stories

Your Voice is an important part of the legacy that Dr. King created. We want to hear how Dr. King has inspired change in your life. Take a look below at a few stories, and share with us, by tagging #MLK50 on your favorite social network, or submit your story below to be shared.

    • When A City Fails to Hear
    • Andrea Morales, MLK50 Justice Through Journalism Project
    • Memphis protesters explain what drove them to the bridge.
    • In their own words
    • Molly Mulroy, MLK50 Justice Through Journalism Project
    • Voices from across the city recount the story of the Memphis bridge protest of 2016
    • MLK50: Special Report
    • Molly Mulroy, MLK50 Justice Through Journalism Project
    • A series examining a look at the year since the Memphis bridge protest, policing protesters, and multimedia "In Their Voices."
    • Take It to the Bridge
    • Wendi C. Thomas, MLK50 Justice Through Journalism Project
    • Nearly one year ago, Memphis protesters channeled Dr. King’s spirit of civil disobedience. What’s changed since?
    • Jamara's Story
    • Jamara Haymore
    • My parents were teenagers in 1968. My father was a 14 years old Memphian and recounts to me April 4th as if it happened yesterday. He says the tension was palpable in the city. Not only the pain of losing a great leader filling the air, but, also the shame of being the city where his life ended...
    • What is your story?
    • Dr. Noelle Trent, Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education
    • As part of the MLK50 commemoration, the National Civil Rights Museum wants to collect your stories on Dr. King, his life, his death, and his legacy. As a historical museum, it is important to for us to capture not only the accounts of people who were the eyewitnesses to a historical event, but also the people impacted by that event, even years later...
Where Do We Go From Here


Dr. King's legacy impacted many. Our future depends on keeping the same spirit of change and hope alive. Together, we can make a far bigger impact and shape our country's legacy in the mold that Dr. King provided. How do you motivate change? How will you commit to creating positive movement this year? Get involved below and share your thoughts.