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The National Civil Rights Museum, located at the historic Lorraine Motel, will remember the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination with a yearlong commemoration from April 4, 2017 to April 4, 2018.
With the theme "MLK50 - Where Do We Go From Here," the museum will partner with organizations and civil rights leaders around the country for a national observance. MLK50 will include signature events and activities in tribute to Dr. King's legacy, especially emphasizing his focus during his final years - poverty, better jobs with higher wages, decent housing, quality education, justice and nonviolence - as a method of achieving positive social change today.
All leading to the culminating commemoration on April 4, 2018 at the National Civil Rights Museum, the date of Dr. King's 1968 assassination.
Youth programming/Youth Voice Website
Grassroots Organizing Training
MLK50: Where Do We Go From Here? Symposium
An Evening of Storytelling
50th Anniversary Commemoration
Slavery. Sit ins. Freedom rides. Every poignant moment in Civil Rights history worked to provide equal rights to citizens of this great nation. Throughout many of those years, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was at the helm, speaking out for equal opportunity for women and men of color, organizing peaceful means of protesting and envisioning significant change. As we look back at how far we come, it's important to revisit those moments that pivoted the conversation and caused real change that impacts our lives today.
Dr. King's legacy stretches far beyond the civil rights movement. Despite struggles, oppression, ignorance and violence, Dr. King rose above the fray to fight for humanitarian rights for all people. Dr. King and other civil rights activists made a lasting impact utilizing nonviolent protests and a consistent message.
Because of Dr. King, we have made remarkable strides in stepping out of poverty, obtaining better jobs, receiving quality education and fighting for justice. Our push for civil rights is still paramount. However, the strides made by Dr. King and other civil rights activists lead us to the place we are today. But, we still have a ways to go.
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.
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