1/18/16 MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) The weather is cold on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but the hearts of Mid-Southerners will be warm as they remember the civil rights icon in honor of what would have been his 87th birthday.
MLK Blood Drive
Lifeblood is hosting a mobile blood drive at the National Civil Rights Museum between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Those that donate will get a voucher that allows them and three family members to go to the museum for free on Monday, January 18. Donors will also get a free t-shirt.
National Civil Rights Museum MLK Parade
The National Civil Rights Museum’s annual MLK Day Parade will kick off at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Main Street and A. W. Willis Avenue. The museum will also have all day entertainment, including a children’s pavilion with learning activities. There will also be a voter registration drive.
Visitors can also tour the museum from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a special price of just $5 for all ages or $3 with a Mid-South Food Bank donation. You can get in for free and bring three guests if you donate blood to Lifeblood.
Be mindful that roads will be closed around the museum from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Click here for a complete list of events at the National Civil Rights museum.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Martin Luther King Jr. Community Impact Day
The Beta Epsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is hosting their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Impact Day with Military Retirees of the Tri-State area, Operation Stand Down Mid-South and VFW Post 11333. The event, held at the Military Retirees of the Tri-State Area facility from 1- 3 p.m., involves making scarves and blankets for homeless veterans and participating in MLK-related trivia. The event is open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring blankets/throws, gently worn clothing, shoes, socks, hats, scarves, gloves and travel-sized toiletries.
Thousands of people are expected to join together to clean up nine Memphis communities. The annual City-Wide Clean-Up– hosted by Memphis Clean by 2019, Clean Memphis, and Leadership Memphis– will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students from ten Memphis high schools and other volunteers will pick up trash and get rid of blight.
Monumental Baptist Church ceremony
The Memphis chapter of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will continue its tradition as the longest-standing Memphis organization to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. At Monumental Baptist Church, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will help host its annual program from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland will serve as keynote speaker and Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong will receive an award.