Martin Luther King Day is a state and federal holiday that is observed on the third Monday in January. The holiday commemorates the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose actual birthday was January 15, 1929. During one of his visits to Memphis, the civil rights leader was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968. Today, the city remembers Dr. King with King Day events, including those at the National Civil Rights Museum, a facility built around the Lorraine Motel, which showcases the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights movement.
Below you will find information on some of these events.
King Day at the National Civil Rights Museum:
1/21/13 -- MLK Day Celebration from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Includes special $3 admission to the museum, live music, speeches, drama performances, and more. Bring canned goods for the Mid-South Food Bank to receive $1 off the reduced King Day admission or give blood to LifeBlood for free admission for four.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at MIFA:
Each year, MIFA hosts a Day of Reflection and Service Celebration to honor its staff, volunteers, and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It features speakers, exhibits, awards, and a birthday cake. 2013 information TBA.
A Celebration Fit for a King:
On January 21, 2013 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., the Children's Museum of Memphis will hold a special birthday celebration featuring arts and crafts, a "Peace Quilt," songs, and birthday cake in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Game:
On January 16, 2012, the Memphis Grizzlies will take on the Chicago Bulls in a special King Day game at the FedEx Forum. The game will begin at 12:00 noon and will be nationally televised on ESPN.