The National Civil Rights Museum will celebrate a yearlong commemoration of the 50th death anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 2017 to April 4, 2018. The event called, "MLK50: Where Do We Go from Here," will hold activities that focus on rights and non-violent protests on peace, poverty, justice, decent housing and quality education among many others.
The celebration will culminate at the Lorraine Motel Museum where King was assassinated. The commemoration this year will not only hold the traditional choir and wreath hanging from the balcony of the museum, but would also invite visitors to pledge for peace and action according to the vision of King.
The museum's Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer, Faith Morris, told USA Today: "We want to remind folks that the civil rights movement are not just historical. It didn't die when King died." In fact, the celebration was based on the book by King, "Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?" that focuses on economy and war.
The team shared that some featured events include the "MLK50 Syllabus," educational resources for schools and scholars, "Teach-ins" event and materials for church and community use, the platform www.MLK50.civilrightsmuseum.org for information, and new exhibition display about the life of King.
Moreover, there will be poetry slams, youth voices, photography exhibits and a capacity building for local community and organizations. People can also share and publish their lives on the site or social media accounts by tagging the group at #MLK50.
The night of the culminating event, a cocktail reception will be held and an evening full of storytelling will happen to come from civil icons, heroes, new movement makers and those from Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter and Real Humans of New York City.
The day of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration on 2018, will have movement leaders share their stories the night King was assassinated. The organization invites individuals to take part of the celebration by submitting their own proposed event in line with King's vision.