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Wednesday, April 4 to Thursday, April 5
Wednesday, April 4
Name Time Location
Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Noon - 5:00pm 87 Monroe Center St, NW Grand Rapids MI 49503
The Polish-American Society Commemorates MLK50 All-day Event The National Civil Rights Museum
MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop 1:00pm - 9:30pm Memphis Convention Center, 255 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103
The Largest Reenactment of the Iconic "I AM A MAN" Photograph 8:00am - 11:00am 333 Beale Street Memphis, TN 38103
The Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 50th Anniversary of his Assassination 8:00am - 10:00am 655 W Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21201
50th Anniversary Commemoration 10:00am - 3:30pm National Civil Rights Museum
We The People #PushBack 11:00am - 8:00pm W. C. Handy Park 200 Beale Streeet Memphis TN
Munch and Learn Noon - 1:00pm Dixon Gallery and Gardens
50 Years in King's Memory Noon - 1:00pm The Pacifist Memorial, 2 North Main Street, Sherborn, MA 01770
Service of Remembrance and Reconciliation Noon - 1:00pm Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. Second Street, Memphis, TN 38103
USA AASA MLK50 Commemoration All-day Event 350 Campus Drive Mobile, AL 36688
6:01 Commemorative Ceremony from the Balcony of the Lorraine Motel 3:30pm - 6:15pm National Civil Rights Museum
MLK50: KCK Commemorates Dr. King at the John Brown Memorial 4:00pm - 4:45pm John Brown Memorial, 27th St and Sewell Ave, Kansas City, KS 66104
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Where Do We Go From Here? 5:10pm - 6:10pm 50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH, 45202
Out Hunger: Civil Rides All-day Event Memphis, TN
Commemoration of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 5:30pm - 7:30pm Roanoke City Auditorium, 100 Tiger Circle, Roanoke, Alabama 36274
A Community Reconciliation Service Honoring the Life and Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 5:30pm - 7:30pm Powell Chapel, 1100 South 3rd Street, Waco, TX 76798
Virginia Key Beach Park Trust All-day Event Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149
Where Do We Go from Here? 6:00pm - 6:35pm Union University, 1050 Union University Drive, Jackson, TN, 38305
50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial House Music Tribute Closing After Party 6:00pm - 10:00pm EARNESTINE'S AND HAZELS
April 4th Tolling of our Bells 6:05pm - 6:10pm Memorial Bell Tower, Phillips Academy
MLK50: Moment of Remembrance 6:15pm - 7:15pm 1500 N. Lombardy St. Richmond VA 23220
MLK 50: "At the River I Stand" Film Screening 6:30pm - 8:30pm 151 S. Church Street Spartanburg, SC 29306
Contemporary Artists in Conversation with History: 1968 6:30pm - 7:45pm Smithsonian American Art Musuem, 8th & G sts, NW, Washington, DC
A Commemoration of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 6:30pm - 8:30pm First Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC.
An Evening of Storytelling 7:00pm - 10:00pm Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave, Memphis, TN, 38104
Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Vision Gala on Wednesday, April 4 7:00pm - 10:00pm New York City Center (131 W. 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues)
MLK 50 - The Dream -The Legacy, 7:00pm - 8:05pm St. Mary's of Redford Catholic Church 14601 Mansfield St, Detroit, MI 48227
“Forum about King’s Civil Rights at His Twilight” 7:00pm - 8:30pm Coker College 300 E. College Ave. Hartsville, SC 29550
Production of GUARDING THE BRIDGE and SPOKEN WORD ART. 9:30pm - 10:30pm Triad Theatre. 158 w. 72nd st., New York City.
Thursday, April 5
Name Time Location
Voices of the Civil Rights Movement Noon - 5:00pm 87 Monroe Center St, NW Grand Rapids MI 49503
The Polish-American Society Commemorates MLK50 All-day Event The National Civil Rights Museum
Out Hunger: Civil Rides All-day Event Memphis, TN
We Remember King: 50 Year Reflection and Memorial Service 11:00am - 1:00pm Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Ave., Memphis, TN
I AM A MAN Plaza Dedication 11:30am - 12:30pm I AM A MAN Plaza, adjacent to Clayborn Temple, Hernando St. and Pontotoc Ave., Memphis, TN 38103
Honoring King's Legacy: Equality & Inclusion and the Social Legitimization of Racism Noon - 5:00pm Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Blvd, Room 225, Cleveland, OH 44106
Girl Scouts One Heart One Voice Ceremony 6:00pm - 8:00pm First Baptist Church Lauderdale
Where Are We Now? 1968-2018, CBU Alumni Panel Discussion and Reception 6:30pm - 9:00pm Christian Brothers University, Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall, 650 E. Parkway S., Memphis, TN 381046:30 P.M.
Race Relations and Identity: Reflections from CBU Alumni 6:30pm - 9:30pm 650 E. Parkway S., Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall, Memphis, TN 38104
A Concert For the Next 50 Years 7:00pm - 10:00pm Clayborn Temple 294 Hernando Street Memphis, TN 38126
  • Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

    Mar 24th, 2018
    Noon - 5:00pm
    87 Monroe Center St, NW Grand Rapids MI 49503
    Interactive, educational tool that brings to life the American Civil Rights Movement through 200+ first-hand accounts in video interviews and historical vignettes.  Highlights America’s civil rights journey from 1954 to 1968 with narrative segments on historical events from 1619 to 1973.  Brings awareness to civil rights issues, inspires people to tell their own stories involving the struggle for social justice, and encourages students and others to learn more about this crucial period in American history.“Voices of the Civil Rights Movement” combines two video archives (His Dreams, Our Stories and Moments in Civil Rights History) and began as an online project created by Comcast in 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
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  • The Polish-American Society Commemorates MLK50

    Apr 2nd, 2018
    All-day Event
    The National Civil Rights Museum
    The Polish-American Society has invited Lech Walesa, former President of Poland and leader of the Solidarity Movement, to join the MLK50 commemoration. The President is to be accompanied by Ryszard Schepf, former Ambassador of Poland to the US. The program will also be enriched with a delegation of ambitious high school students from Sopot, Poland, eager to learn about the Civil Rights Movement and excited to share with their counterparts in Memphis about the Solidarity Movement that took place in Poland throughout the 80''s.
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  • MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop

    Apr 3rd, 2018
    1:00pm - 9:30pm
    Memphis Convention Center, 255 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103

    The 50th anniversary of King’s tragic death marks an opportunity for Christians to reflect on the state of racial unity in the church and the culture. It creates the occasion to reflect on where Christians have been and look ahead to where we must go as we pursue racial unity in the midst of tremendous tension.

    Join the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition at a special event, “MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop,” taking place April 3-4, 2018, in Memphis, TN. Key speakers include Matt Chandler, Jackie Hill Perry, Eric Mason, Russell Moore, John Piper, Benjamin Watson, and many others.

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  • The Largest Reenactment of the Iconic "I AM A MAN" Photograph

    Apr 4th, 2018
    8:00am - 11:00am
    333 Beale Street Memphis, TN 38103

    Withers Collection Museum and Gallery will commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1968 Sanitation Workers who participated in the march with a photo reenactment of the iconic “I AM A MAN” photo from the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike.  The line-up for the photo shoot will start at Fourth and Beale which is approximately 20 feet from Withers Collection Museum and Gallery, the last photography studio of the late internationally renowned photojournalist Dr. Ernest C. Withers, Sr. The event will start at 8 a.m. and will feed into AFSCME’s march to Mason Temple. 

    The photo will be taken from a helicopter, overlooking historic Beale Street, by the granddaughter of Dr. Withers, Mrs. Eboni Bullard.  This reenactment and prestigious photo will be displayed at the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery. The photo will also be displayed at the end of “’68 I AM A MAN,” a feature film executive produced by Southern Tales Entertainment.

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  • The Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 50th Anniversary of his Assassination

    Apr 4th, 2018
    8:00am - 10:00am
    655 W Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21201

    DeRay Mckesson, a Baltimore City native and national civil rights activist, will lead a reflection on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and speak about the current state of race, equity, and social justice in our nation.

    A light breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 9 a.m. No food or drinks will be allowed in the auditorium.

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  • 50th Anniversary Commemoration

    Apr 4th, 2018
    10:00am - 3:30pm
    National Civil Rights Museum

    A daylong observance of the life and legacy of Dr. King with national speakers, performances, exerpts from Dr. King's speeches and a gathering of thousands to commemorate the 50th anniversay milestone.

     

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  • We The People #PushBack

    Apr 4th, 2018
    11:00am - 8:00pm
    W. C. Handy Park 200 Beale Streeet Memphis TN
    On April 4th 2018 at 11:AM til 7:PM, a massive nationwide Call To Action Rally/Production titled “We The People …Choose Community” (a grassroots “Call To Action, Community Engagement Campaign) will occur in Memphis TN, recognizing the 50th year anniversary of the date and place that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sacrificed his life for “Sanitation workers” to be treated fairly and equally which changed, created and enforced a massive amount of Labor laws, nationwide, which additionally allowed for the creation of the infamous Labor Union Local 1733 to become a system of accountability for assurance and protection that this inequality never happens again. 
    At 6:PM, a musical serenade and commemoration honoring The Women’s Civil Rights Movements and their contribution to the activities of Memphis 1968 and to respectfully pay homage to them for their significant and often overlooked labor throughout the movements, as we are sure that Dr. King would have wanted. Certain pioneers including Dr. Barbara Cooper, Dr. Dorothy Crook, Ruth Davis…, Carolyn Bell-Black, Georgia “Queen Mother Akua” King… Many of the men pioneers, including Labor Union liaisons, as advisors to US President Linden B. Johnson; Jesse Epps (and possibly Bill Lucy) will also be in unison as they were in 68 along with several Sanitation workers, and other living soldiers of the Civil War of Memphis 1968, creating a “must witness” image of living history. 
    Come and support these brave, strong, fearless women, and show them that “We The People” are ready to take the scepter from them, and take back our communities as they accomplished in 1968. This is a Call to All Students, labor unions, environmental/social-justice groups, along with Labor, Faith Based groups of all faiths, community engagement and others will mobilize in W.C. Handy Park, 200 Beale St (within walking distance to the Lorraine Motel).
    We The People #PushBack, was convened by grassroots organizations, the Coalition Of Community Unions (CCU), Coalition for Organizational Protection of People and Equal Rights (C.O.P.P.E.R.) with the help of the Bus Riders Union, and the front line support of TN St. Rep. Barbara Cooper. 
    Thousands of people are expected to join the Call To Action for an end to political systems against working people and the communities of moderate to low income households which account for over 70% of America’s population. We must speak out in a single, strong voice to protect our families, our jobs, our futures.
    Speakers will include, Judge Joe Brown, Keedran Franklin (BLM), Dr. Coby Smith (Invaders) …
    The Sanitation Workers were striking in protest of the horrible working conditions, abuse, racism and discrimination that they were forced to submit to in exchange for their 65-cent-an-hour jobs. Martin Luther King Jr. came to encourage them which led to his assassination.
    This “Call To Action” Rally/concert is intended to advance the unfinished work of Dr. King and spark political momentum across the country heading into the 2018 elections and beyond.
    The Coalition Of Community Unions is making a difference by having created a National-local Structure of Accountability.
    The Coalition of Community Unions (CCU) will provide the ability for neighbors to have a voice and representation in the community by providing the necessary information to urgent and relevant information, often times, through the use of arts, expression and entertainment. This “plan of action” will empower the communities in America.
    The CCU is an infrastructure to unite and build coalition partners of individuals, elected (and non-elected) officials, groups, institutions and faith-based organizations, to provide refuge, jobs and resources to the neighbors of the community. The impact of grassroots power was especially evident in Ohio, voters overwhelmingly (by 78% to 22%) defeated 6 city charter amendments through grassroots door to door canvassing and petitioning. Fast food workers have been striking in cities across the country against low pay and poor working conditions.
    The newly signed and approved “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” rules and budget cuts are not just about tariffs and quotas; they are about the food we eat, the air we breathe, the jobs we hold and the land that we own. Foreign policy objectives do not trump domestic concerns and should not unravel our democracy.
    In Washington DC, activism around a law that would have raised the minimum wage for Wal-Mart type big box stores failed when DC’s mayor vetoed the bill. However, the failed attempt created a movement that helped raise the minimum wage for all employees in the city by over three dollars. The movement was so energized that it was able to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat.
    The need to unite and organize in America’s communities is clearly needed and important. Unless we do, our values, protections, sovereignty and freedoms provided by our United States Constitution will continue to be squarely in the hands of the corporate elites, billionaires and those of selfish agendas.
    In 1968, poor, striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., paved the way to empowerment, Fifty years later, the struggle continues. 

    #MartinMemphisMe
    #StayWoke #PushBack #MLK50 America Rebirth Tour A.R.T
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  • Munch and Learn

    Apr 4th, 2018
    Noon - 1:00pm
    Dixon Gallery and Gardens

    Be inspired as we turn the Dixon’s auditorium into a space to hear and reflect on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His voice lives on in recordings of his speeches, especially the albums that were pressed during his life. We’ll put the needle on the vinyl, but feel free to turn the record over at the end of side A.

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  • 50 Years in King's Memory

    Apr 4th, 2018
    Noon - 1:00pm
    The Pacifist Memorial, 2 North Main Street, Sherborn, MA 01770

    50 YEARS IN KING'S MEMORY

    The Peace Abbey will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's assassination with the rededication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial bronze plaque and the unveiling of the bronze plaques honoring Muhammad Ali and Maya Angelou.   The event will take place at the Pacifist Memorial in Sherborn, MA.  At the center of the Memorial is a nine-foot, bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi.  The event will include the recitation of the PEACE SEEDS: Prayers for Peace of the Major Religions of the World, music and poems honoring Dr. King written by elementary school children from Pine Hill School in Sherborn, MA.

    The event is open to the public and free of charge.

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  • Service of Remembrance and Reconciliation

    Apr 4th, 2018
    Noon - 1:00pm
    Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. Second Street, Memphis, TN 38103

    This service remembers the enslaved people who were sold at the site of the antebellum slave mart owned and operated by Nathan Bedford Forrest.   Students from Rhodes College, working in collaboration with local scholars, wrote the text for a new historic marker, which will be dedicated in a brief ceremony at the conclusion of the service.  Confronting the truth about this part of our past will help to build trust in our community, in the hope of carrying out the ongoing work of racial reconciliation.

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  • USA AASA MLK50 Commemoration

    Apr 4th, 2018
    All-day Event
    350 Campus Drive Mobile, AL 36688
    The African American Student Association at the University of South Alabama are currently planning our 50th Commemorative Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Assassination on April 4th, 2018. All-day we are hoping to broadcast the MLK50 Live Streaming on the televisions in the Student center and we are asking all students to wear black. Our campus wide acknowledgment will begin at 6:01PM with a march from the Moulton Tower, down South Drive, around the traffic circle and ending at the Student Center Amphitheater with a short rally. The Rally will consist of a speaker and a performance by our organization choir. 
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  • 6:01 Commemorative Ceremony from the Balcony of the Lorraine Motel

    Apr 4th, 2018
    3:30pm - 6:15pm
    National Civil Rights Museum

    Ecumenical presentations, national and international dignitaries, ceremonial wreath laying, tributes and performances culminating in a symbolic moment of silence at 6:01pm-- the time Dr. King was shot while on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

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  • MLK50: KCK Commemorates Dr. King at the John Brown Memorial

    Apr 4th, 2018
    4:00pm - 4:45pm
    John Brown Memorial, 27th St and Sewell Ave, Kansas City, KS 66104
    Residents, community organizations, the Quindaro Ruins/Underground Railroad – Exercise 2018, and representatives from the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas will join together in solidarity to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 4:00 pm in front of the John Brown Memorial. 

    April 4th marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King. The community decided to hold this event in front of the historic statue of John Brown, which was recently desecrated with graffiti weeks prior to this national commemoration.

    The short program will include speakers and participation from local students. This event is an opportunity for the community to stand together as one to commemorate the life and work of two activists, John Brown and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought against hatred and bigotry during their time. 

    Please join us at the John Brown Memorial near the Old Quindaro Townsite located at 27th and Sewell Ave, Kansas City, KS 66104.

    A post-program conversation with community advocates will be hosted at the nearby Vernon Multi-Purpose Center, for those seeking options for further involvement in Northeast KCK.
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  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Where Do We Go From Here?

    Apr 4th, 2018
    5:10pm - 6:10pm
    50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH, 45202

    The public program, MLK50: Where do we go from here? will convene scholars, historians and thought leaders from the Greater Cincinnati region to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and address matters of civil and human rights issues today, 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death.  The engagement will be held in the Harriet Tubman Theater at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on April 4, 2018, at 6:30 PM and will culminate with a commemorative ceremony, reflections, song, spoken word, and remarks on the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination.

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  • Out Hunger: Civil Rides

    Apr 4th, 2018
    All-day Event
    Memphis, TN

    Civil Rides is a 3-day cycling trek from Memphis, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss., April 4 - 6, 2018, to raise money and awareness for racial reconciliation and ending hunger around us.

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  • Commemoration of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Apr 4th, 2018
    5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Roanoke City Auditorium, 100 Tiger Circle, Roanoke, Alabama 36274

    Commemoration of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Guest Speaker: Barbara Cross, Speaker, Historian, Civil Rights Advocate, Survivor of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing

    The event is open to the public.

     

     

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  • A Community Reconciliation Service Honoring the Life and Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Apr 4th, 2018
    5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Powell Chapel, 1100 South 3rd Street, Waco, TX 76798

    The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Please join your neighbors and friends at a community reconciliation service commemorating the 50th anniversary of MLK's assassination. We will gather at the Powell Chapel at Truett Seminary on Baylor's campus on April 4, at 6:00PM.  Light refreshments will be served from 5:30-6:00PM.

    This event is co-sponsored by Baylor University, the Waco Community Race Relations Coalition, Baylor Dining Services, and the Waco NAACP.

     

     

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  • Virginia Key Beach Park Trust

    Apr 4th, 2018
    All-day Event
    Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149
    The Virgina Key Beach Park Trust will host a community program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service and impact on social change. The program will consist of a community dialogue centerd around the inclusion of all South Florida communities and will have a unique gospel music theme. There will be a live telecast of the National Civil Rights Museum MLK50 programming.
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  • Where Do We Go from Here?

    Apr 4th, 2018
    6:00pm - 6:35pm
    Union University, 1050 Union University Drive, Jackson, TN, 38305
    Union University will commemorate the life, work, and 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. prayer, Scripture, songs, and a community reading of a collection of quotes from the speeches and writings of Dr. King that allow the Union University community to assert that we reject the chaos that results from indifference, passivity, racial hatred, and social injustice.  Instead, we move forward as a community of Christian faith, love, and justice to the glory of our Lord.
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  • 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial House Music Tribute Closing After Party

    Apr 4th, 2018
    6:00pm - 10:00pm
    EARNESTINE'S AND HAZELS

    Madam Ambassador Of House Music & House In The Mid South 

    Presents

    50th Anniversary Of Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. House Music Tribute Closing After Party 

    Wednesday April 4, 2018

    6pm to 10pm

    Earnestine’s & Hazel

    531 S. Main St

    Memphis TN, 38103

    Come and enjoy some of the best house music  featuring Dr.  King’s Legendary 
    "I Have A Dream Speech" and other speeches mixed live

    We are continuing Dr. King's legacy of black men & white men in unity

    with our DJS for the evenings DJ BRANDON and DJ FREE WILL

    Hosted by Madam Ambassador Of House Music 

    from Chicago The Birth Place Of House Music 

    Valencia" Mother Diva' Dantzler

    Co-Hosted by Shang Silk of

    House In The Mid South 

    https://www.facebook.com/events/962003093958681/

    for further inquiries  contact 708-314-0291

     

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  • April 4th Tolling of our Bells

    Apr 4th, 2018
    6:05pm - 6:10pm
    Memorial Bell Tower, Phillips Academy
    We will join the national tolling of the bells 39 times to honor the number of years Dr. King dwelled on this earth.
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  • MLK50: Moment of Remembrance

    Apr 4th, 2018
    6:15pm - 7:15pm
    1500 N. Lombardy St. Richmond VA 23220

    Contact:

    Chelsea Higgs Wise

    chelsea.higgswise@iofc.org

    804-256-2974

     

    On April 4, the Office of Mayor Stoney is partnering with the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation cross-sector team, led by Initiatives of Change, to mark the tragic event that occurred 50 years ago, lift up the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and reflect on the challenge and opportunity it represents today. 

    At 7:01PM (EST), The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN is inviting the nation to join in reflection and then redirection of our focus on the future. At the exact moment that Dr. King was shot, there will be 39 bell chimes resonating in Memphis, one for each year he lived. Along with others across the U.S., several institutions with bell towers here in Greater Richmond have committed to joining the moment by ringing locally. Contact Chelsea Higgs Wise to have your institution’s name added to participants on the website.

    City of Richmond Mayor, Levar Stoney, as well as Virginia Union University Vice President, Dr. Corey Walker, along with others will answer the question set out by The National Civil Rights Museum, “Where Do We Go From Here?”.  Please join them on the historic Virginia Union University campus along with students, faculty, administration and residents of Greater Richmond as we gather to move our city and region forward through a more inclusive narrative.

    When:  April 4, 2018
    Time: 6:15pm
    Where: Virginia Union University, A.B. James Chapel at Coburn Hall
     
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  • MLK 50: "At the River I Stand" Film Screening

    Apr 4th, 2018
    6:30pm - 8:30pm
    151 S. Church Street Spartanburg, SC 29306

    This moving documentary recounts the two months leading to Martin Luther King Jr.'s death in 1968, coinciding with the 65-day strike of 1300 Memphis sanitation workers. The evening will begin with a community reception and light refreshments; a discussion facilitated by W.A. Cindy Ball will follow.

    W.A Cindy Ball has a BA in education from Converse College, a Masters in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Masters in Telecommunication from Ball State University. She is the founding Director of Nafisi, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children orphaned by AIDS in Kenya.

    This program is being held in conjunction with MLK50 events all over the country. All of the MLK 50 events seek to celebrate the commemoration and legacy of Dr. King.

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  • Contemporary Artists in Conversation with History: 1968

    Apr 4th, 2018
    6:30pm - 7:45pm
    Smithsonian American Art Musuem, 8th & G sts, NW, Washington, DC
    April 4 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a defining moment in American history. How do issues of racial equality and civil rights reverberate through the practice of artists
    working today? Find out from artists Lava Thomas, Alfredo Jaar, and Sam Gilliam as they discuss the echoes of history within contemporary culture in the context of social justice. Panel is moderated by SAAM Deputy Chief Curator E. Carmen Ramos.  Location: McEvoy Auditorium. Program is free.
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  • A Commemoration of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Apr 4th, 2018
    6:30pm - 8:30pm
    First Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC.

    Please join CCLA on April 4, 2018, for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

    Celebrate with an evening of gospel music, prayer, and poetry at First Baptist Church, 101 S. Wilmington St. Raleigh, NC.

    Presentations by NC Supreme Court Justices Cheri Beasley and Mike Morgan and Representative Chaz Beasley

     

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  • An Evening of Storytelling

    Apr 4th, 2018
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave, Memphis, TN, 38104

    A gathering of Civil Rights Icons and New Movement Makers, national and local, dialogue about "the Movement" ten and now.

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  • Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Vision Gala on Wednesday, April 4

    Apr 4th, 2018
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    New York City Center (131 W. 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues)
    In February 1969, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Arthur Mitchell and his mentor, Karel Shook, founded Dance Theatre of Harlem as a beacon of hope for the youth in the neighborhood where Mr. Mitchell grew up - Harlem. Arthur Mitchell’s response to this tragedy became a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim. This year, Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Vision Gala on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, will celebrate the legacy of Dr. King 50 years later, with our New York City opening night performance at New York City Center (131 W. 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues). Performances by our inspiring Company and DTH School students with special appearances by guest celebrities will be followed by dinner, dessert and our exciting after party at the Park Hyatt on W. 57th Street. We will also honor two distinguished visionaries who have endeavored for racial equality in their respective fields: dance and theater icon, Kennedy Center Honoree and arts advocate Carmen de Lavallade, and Xernona Clayton, pioneering entertainment executive, founder of the Trumpet Awards and the intrepid civil rights leader who worked side by side with Dr. King. They will both receive the 2018 Arthur Mitchell Vision Award given to individuals who against all odds, showed the courage defy convention and breathe life into a dream. Dance Theatre of Harlem is a rich part of the legacy Dr. King left behind and the work we continue to do is in his memory.
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  • MLK 50 - The Dream -The Legacy,

    Apr 4th, 2018
    7:00pm - 8:05pm
    St. Mary's of Redford Catholic Church 14601 Mansfield St, Detroit, MI 48227
    We will be having an interfaith prayer service, remembering the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  We will ring the church bells in memorial (1 bell for each year of his life).
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  • “Forum about King’s Civil Rights at His Twilight”

    Apr 4th, 2018
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Coker College 300 E. College Ave. Hartsville, SC 29550
    A round-table discussion on the topic of what Martin Luther King, Jr was working on at the time of his death, and how his work is remembered today.
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  • Production of GUARDING THE BRIDGE and SPOKEN WORD ART.

    Apr 4th, 2018
    9:30pm - 10:30pm
    Triad Theatre. 158 w. 72nd st., New York City.
    Co-winner of the 1998 Michael Kanin Award for Best Short Play. A Play in One Act by Chuck Gorden. A bigoted father and his well educated son occupy a broken down bridge in a remote wooded area. The father is a manifestation of the son's memory as he recalls events that occurred on the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. It becomes increasingly obvious that, despite the younger man's protests to the contrary, his father's prejudices are grounded in his subconscious. Please note: the venue has a 2-beverage minimum.
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  • We Remember King: 50 Year Reflection and Memorial Service

    Apr 5th, 2018
    11:00am - 1:00pm
    Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Ave., Memphis, TN
    Lemoyne Owen College's MLK50 Rememberance Committee commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a reception to follow on the front lawn of the school. This is an reeactment of a student-led memorial service that took place the day after Dr. King's assassination. 
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  • I AM A MAN Plaza Dedication

    Apr 5th, 2018
    11:30am - 12:30pm
    I AM A MAN Plaza, adjacent to Clayborn Temple, Hernando St. and Pontotoc Ave., Memphis, TN 38103
    The City of Memphis is proud to dedicate I AM A MAN Plaza in partnership with the UrbanArt Commission commemorating the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike in Memphis, TN. The Plaza serves to acknowledge the place of the Sanitation Strike within the Civil Rights Movement, creating a space to that residents and tourists will want to return to and to inspire future generations to stand up for social justice and positive change. The Plaza is designed by Cliff Garten Studios, in partnership with JPA, Inc.
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  • Honoring King's Legacy: Equality & Inclusion and the Social Legitimization of Racism

    Apr 5th, 2018
    Noon - 5:00pm
    Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Blvd, Room 225, Cleveland, OH 44106

    The Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference is hosting a conference for law professors April 5-7, 2018.  The theme of this year’s conference will examine the degree of racial progress made by communities of color since April 4, 1968, the day when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Various themes of racial progress will be explored, including but not limited to issues of social and economic justice, employment discrimination, access to health care, retirement care and benefits, educational opportunities, environmental racism, housing discrimination, lending practices, drug and gang violence in communities of color, and the intergenerational effects that economic, social, and political oppression have on communities of color. Presenters are encouraged to consider topics contrasting the racial progress claimed in the Midwestern states and cities (Chicago, Cleveland, and St. Louis) and comparing it to the racial progress claimed in the Eastern and Western states.

    The annual meeting will commence on Thursday, April 5th at noon with presentations and panels and conclude early afternoon on Saturday, April 7th.  The registration fee is $250, which includes lunch and dinner throughout the entire conference. You can register online. The website is: https://law.case.edu/Lectures-Events/PageId/SignUpToEvent/EventId/341/e/honoring-dr-king-and-his-legacy-redoubling-the-struggle-for-equality-and-inclusion-in-the-wake-of-the-social-legitimization-of-racism-5-apr-2018

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  • Girl Scouts One Heart One Voice Ceremony

    Apr 5th, 2018
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    First Baptist Church Lauderdale

    In honor of MLK50 and the voice that inspired change, Girl Scouts Heart of the South challenged 4th - 12th grade girls from around the country to examine today’s global civil and human rights issues. Their voice was heard by telling everyone how this impacts them, how they can have compassion for others, how each of us can make a change, and how we can speak with One Heart and One Voice. Girls, nationwide, have the opportunity to create innovative story lines in an infographic and submit it for the One Heart and One Voice contest. The 1st prize finalist will be featured at the ceremony. Keynote speaker for the evening will be Madeleine Taylor, retired Executive Director of Memphis NAACP, one of the first African American Girl Scouts at First Baptist Church Lauderdale and a long standing Girl Scout Leader.

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  • Where Are We Now? 1968-2018, CBU Alumni Panel Discussion and Reception

    Apr 5th, 2018
    6:30pm - 9:00pm
    Christian Brothers University, Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall, 650 E. Parkway S., Memphis, TN 381046:30 P.M.

     

    The Black Student Association at Christian Brothers University and the CBU Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP is hosting a special event on  Thursday, April 5 entitled “Race Relations andIdentity: Reflections from CBU Alumni.” As part of CBU’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this event will consist of a discussion led by a panel of five alumni — one from each decade since 1968 — to assess the overriding question of “where are we now?” and reflect on the experiences of African-American students at Christian Brothers University for the past half century.

    We would like to especially honor graduates between 1968 and 1977 as special guests for this event and recognize them for the foundation they establish for successive generations of fellow CBU African American alumni.

    Additionally, a reception welcoming all alumni will take place immediately following the event in Montesi Executive Center, located on the second floor of Buckman Hall. This will afford individuals an opportunity to mingle with other alumni, as well as current students, CBU faculty and staff, and community members.Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-relations-identity-reflections-from-cbu-alumni-tickets-43494248468

     

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  • Race Relations and Identity: Reflections from CBU Alumni

    Apr 5th, 2018
    6:30pm - 9:30pm
    650 E. Parkway S., Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall, Memphis, TN 38104

    The Black Student Association at Christian Brothers University and the CBU Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP are hosting a special event on Thursday, April 5 entitled “Race Relations and Identity: Reflections from CBU Alumni.” As part of CBU’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this event will consist of a discussion led by a panel of five alumni — one from each decade since 1968 — to assess the overriding question of “where are we now?” and reflect on the experiences of African-American students at Christian Brothers University for the past half century.

    We would like to especially honor those of you who graduated between 1968 and 1977 as special guests for this event and recognize them for the foundation they establish for successive generations of your fellow CBU African American alumni.

    Additionally, a reception welcoming all alumni will take place immediately following the event in Montesi Executive Center, located on the second floor of Buckman Hall. This will afford you an opportunity to mingle with other alumni, as well as current students, CBU faculty and staff, and community members.

     

    Thank you for your time and consideration. We sincerely hope you can attend. Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-relations-identity-reflections-from-cbu-alumni-tickets-43494248468
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  • A Concert For the Next 50 Years

    Apr 5th, 2018
    7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Clayborn Temple 294 Hernando Street Memphis, TN 38126

    PRIZM Ensemble presents A Concert for the Next 50 Years, a tribute to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring the PRIZM Chamber Orchestra, the PRIZM Celebration Chorus, guest soloists and music by Mahler, Florence Price, Moses Hogan, and more. This concert is part of a series of events honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Join us as we reflect on his legacy and what the next 50 years can look like.

    $25.00 General Admission

    $50.00 VIP Admission – will include reception with light refreshments and a behind the scenes look at the making of the concert

    Reception 5:30-6:30

    Event information here.

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  • 5th annual A Taste of Memphis at Tigerlane " Neighborhoods Commemorating MLK50th"

    Apr 6th, 2018
    5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Tigerlane
    We are looking for neighborhoods, faith-based organizations, community development coroporations (CDC) and many others to come out and show your support and be a part of this annual event as we remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King's lecacy. A Taste of Memphis at Tigerlane for the last four years has served as a platform in bringing connectivitiy to our many communities. There is live entertainment, food trucks, kid zone for the entire family. Neighbors can share their unigue qualities and accomplishments about the local neighborhoods and what indigenous leaders are doing to help Memphis a better place inwhich to live work and play. Come out and help us celebrate our Greatness or if your neighborhood is interested in a booth. You can sigh up today by going to http://memphishcd.org/
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