The National Civil Rights Museum presents King Day: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday on January 17, 2022. Safely returning to the museum’s campus in person, the event will showcase Dr. King’s work, the history of how the national holiday came to be, as well as how the museum has celebrated the holiday in years past. The museum is open for extended hours and King Day admission will be free for all guests, thanks to the support of FedEx.
This year the museum resumes its in-person celebration while observing safety protocols. It also continues the tradition of an MLK Day of service by encouraging guests to bring nonperishable food items to support the Mid-South Food Bank and to be prepared to give blood to support the Vitalant blood drive. Both organizations experienced critical shortages during the pandemic.
With a “Double-V” approach to overcoming voter apathy and vaccine hesitancy, the museum will collaborate with organizations to offer voter education, empowerment, and registration as well as COVID vaccines and testing on-site. There will be outdoor entertainment and activities for children.