national civil rights museum
This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations span everything from birthday cake to basketball.
On Thursday, January 14th, at 1 p.m., at Christian Brothers University, Commercial Appeal editor Otis Sanford will present "Setting the Record Straight, 40 Years Later," a talk about the paper's coverage of the 1968 sanitation workers' strike.
On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the National Civil Rights Museum gets things started with MLK Youth Day. The kids will learn King's principles by gathering clues and answering a mystery question.
Also for the kiddies is "Ignite the Dream" at the Children's Museum of Memphis on Monday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Co-hosted by Volunteer Memphis, this birthday party will feature cake, arts-and-crafts, and the opportunity to add to a "peace quilt" on display.
Back at the Civil Rights Museum, there will be a day full of activities on Monday, and admission to the museum is just $2. There will be film screenings of Academy Awarding-winning documentary The Witness at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., as well as the children's film Our Friend Martin at 11:30 a.m. The "Children's March" begins at 2:30 p.m. In addition, the exhibit "Soul Soldiers," detailing the black experience of the Vietnam War, opens.
At FedExForum, the Grizzlies host their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Game and Celebration, beginning at 1 p.m. with the High School Classic between the Melrose Golden Wildcats and the Germantown Red Devils. The game will be followed by the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sports Legacy Symposium, which will feature NBA players Oscar Robertson and Alonzo Mourning, winners of this year's Sports Legacy Award for their contributions to civil rights. (Reservations to the symposium required: 888-HOOP.) After that, it's game time. The Grizzlies take on the Phoenix Suns. Tip-off is 4:30 p.m.