Memphis, TN, December 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – On National Day, January 17, the National Civil Rights Museum will remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special celebration via a live broadcast at noon and 6:00 p.m. Central. The public is also invited to the museum for the celebration of the King’s Day during special extended hours, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance to King Day will be free for all guests, thanks to support from FedEx. Free tickets are available online from January 3, 2022 at kingday.org.
The online celebration will feature musical performances by Music Director Garry Goin, Southern Avenue cover musicians, and more. The virtual event airs on the museum’s website at 12:00 p.m. Central.
With a ‘Double-V’ approach to overcoming voter apathy and vaccine reluctance, the museum will collaborate with organizations to deliver voter education, empowerment and registration as well as vaccines and vaccines. Covid tests on site. (confirm vaccines and tests) There will be entertainment and outdoor activities for children.
State dividing and voting laws are changing, so 2022 is an important election year for educating voters about their rights and issues to watch out for in federal, state, and local elections. In light of the fierce battles for the right to vote, the museum will educate visitors about fair voting rights nationwide and laws such as John Lewis’ Fair Voting Act and the For the People Bills currently. in Congress. On King’s Day, the museum will work with organizations to provide voter education, registration and activation to ensure that everyone understands their voting rights and receives updates on voting. It is important that every vote is counted and represented fairly.
The museum is also joining the fight to dispel misinformation about historic atrocities and racial discrimination like the Tuskegee experience which led to mistrust of vaccination. As part of the ‘Communities for Immunity’ initiative, the museum highlights the issues and stereotypes that contribute to health care disparities, lack of access and mistreatment of patients of color . The museum shares important messages about the severity of COVID, gets vaccinated, tested and wear masks to save lives.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE KING’S DAY:
- Visitors can visit the museum from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The traveling exhibition Hors Lorraine is presented until April 4.
- Reservations to visit the museum on King’s Day, January 17, are open on January 3. The museum has limited capacity, requires masks inside the museum, to stay vigilant about COVID guidelines.
- The virtual broadcast airs at 12:00 PM Central. Registration begins January 3 and is strongly encouraged.
- The museum resumes its annual blood drive with Vitalant to help deal with the severe blood shortage. Anyone who donates blood will receive additional free admission for up to four people on any day in 2022. Blood donations will be used for free admission for students at Shelby County School.
- For its food drive to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank, the museum is asking guests to bring in canned donations to help feed the growing number of hungry families in the Mid-South.
- A full day of on-site activities includes performances on the main stage, a community and family activity tent, vaccine and voting resources, and more.
Other King Day sponsors include the Starbucks Foundation and the Tennessee Arts Commission. A multitude of restaurants and services provide in-kind donations, and several companies and organizations have hired volunteers to serve at the museum on King’s Day.
For more information on King Day at the National Civil Rights Museum, visit kingday.org. The hashtag for the event is # KingDay2022.
About the National Civil Rights Museum
The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located in the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, provides a comprehensive overview of the American civil rights movement, from slavery to our days. Since the museum opened in 1991, millions of visitors have come from all over the world, including more than 90,000 student visits per year. The museum is steadfast in its mission to chronicle the American civil rights movement and tell the story of the ongoing struggle for human rights. It educates and serves as a catalyst to inspire action to create positive social change.
An affiliate of the Smithsonian and an internationally renowned cultural institution, the museum is recognized as a recipient of the 2019 National Medal by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the highest national honor for museums and libraries. This is a museum of the Top 5% of America as TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice, USA Today’s Top 10 Iconic American Attractions; Top 10 Best Historic Sites in the United States by TLC’s Family Travel; To be seen by the age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Top Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Business Journal.
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