Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader of the African-American civil rights movement and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who became known for his advancement of civil rights by using civil disobedience. He was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. King was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:05pm that evening. James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested on June 8, 1968 in London at Heathrow Airport, extradited to the United States, and charged with the crime. On March 10, 1969, Ray entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary. Ray later made many attempts to withdraw his guilty plea and be tried by a jury, but was unsuccessful; he died in prison on April 23, 1998, at the age of 70.
The National Civil Rights Museum is the site of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The Museum is located at South Main and Huling Streets, in the historic art district of downtown Memphis.
Dedicated on September 28, 1991, the Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact and influence on human rights movements worldwide, through its collections, exhibitions, research and educational programs. It chronicles the civil rights movement from 1619 to 2000 with historical exhibits, including Room 306, the hotel room where Dr. King stayed in April of 1968.
The National Civil Rights Museum – April 2014 Events
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT FORUM
Friday, April 04, 2014
An educational forum addressing the impact of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. What led to the legislation? What promises were granted, what’s left unfulfilled and what now? Moderated by Tavis Smiley, the Forum is comprised of three panel sessions.
1950 – 1964: Turbulent Times
Panelists – Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Professor Bill Robinson
1964 – 1970: Accelerated Activism
Panelists – Attorney Ray Terry, Attorney Barry Goldstein
1970 – Present: Promises Delivered, Promises Denied
Panelists – Marian Wright Edelman, Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries
Fee($): Free, but Limited Seating, Overflow in Auditorium
Time : 2:00pm
Location : National Civil Rights Museum Hooks•Hyde Hall (overflow in theater)
APRIL 4TH COMMEMORATION – CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
Friday, April 04, 2014
Remembering and reflecting on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, with a salute in speech, song, and laying of wreath.
Fee($): Free, Open to the Public
Time : 6:00pm
Location : National Civil Rights Museum Courtyard
GRAND REOPENING – COMMUNITY DAY
Saturday, April 05, 2014
9:30am, Freedom Forward Parade: The Freedom Forward Parade begins at the Memphis Cook Convention Center and proceeds along Second Street to Vance, then Main to the National Civil Rights Museum
11:00am, Breaking of the Chains: Grand reopening ceremony concluding with the official opening of the doors to the public.
12:00-7:00pm, Freedom Forward Main Stage: A full day of performances, speeches, and reflections from the Freedom Forward main stage as visitors tour the Museum.
12:00-7:00pm, Museum Tours: Take an abbreviated tour of the renovated exhibits for a powerfully transformative experience in civil rights history.
National Civil Rights Museum
US Minorities Civil Rights Timeline 1863-1963 (ProPresObama.org Civil Rights Timelines ™)
US Minorities Civil Rights Timeline 1964-2016 (ProPresObama.org Civil Rights Timelines ™)