Former NAACP executive director Julian Bond will deliver the evenings keynote address. Local NAACP leader Johnnie Turner says that past presidents of the local chapter will be recognized.
Turners adds that Tuesdays ceremony begins a series of events that will culminate in January of next year.
The NAACP was founded in 1909. Robert Church Jr. helped begin the Memphis chapter in response to the lynching of black laborer Ell Persons in May 1917.