MLK 50 | A Commemoration of Dr. 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.

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

Freedom Award

October 17, 2018

Freedom Award Student Forum

October 17, 2018

MLK50: A Legacy Remembered

Exhibit showing Through December 2018


The Poverty Report: Memphis Since MLK

Dr. King spoke about it in his speech at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Convention in 1967 asking “Where Do We go from Here?.” During that speech, he stated that “…in spite of a decade of significant progress, the problem is far from solved.”  THE POVERTY REPORT: MEMPHIS SINCE MLK details how African Americans and the poor have fared in Memphis and Shelby County over the past 50 years.

download the Poverty Report

Read the MLK50 Faith Leaders Committee's response to The Poverty Study.

Read mlk50 faith leaders' Statement


The MLK50 Pledge

A Call to Peace and Action

Join the National Civil Rights Museum in committing to a year of peace and action. Over the course of 50 weeks, we'll send you 50 achievable actions that realize Dr. King's legacy of peace.

Read the Pledge


MLK50 Social Justice Lenten Lectionary

It is in the spirit of Dr. King, the preacher who was always able to explore the deep connections of our faith traditions to current issues, that National Civil Rights Museum and MLK50 Faith Leaders are very pleased to offer this worship planning resource for ministers, musicians and worship planners as a part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. 

Download the Lectionary


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.