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.
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.
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Read the MLK50 Faith Leaders Committee's response to The Poverty Study.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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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As a partner in this initiative, MLK50.com is a journalism reporting project in pursuit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream for economic justice. Check out their site to learn more about the project.
How are you commemorating Dr. King's legacy in your community? Submit your event to our events calendar to share and invite the community to participate.