Memphis Remembers MLK Day 2014

Posted on January 23, 2014

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By Katie Butler

Screen_Shot_2014-01-30_at_7.21.25_PMAround the city, numerous events were held to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy.

The Kinney Community Service Program at Rhodes College hosted their annual MLK day of service, during which student volunteers from the college assisted their fellow Memphians in completing the enrollment process for the Affordable Care Act. Students offered service at the Ronald McDonald House, Soulsville Charter School, MIFA, Caritas Village, FedEx House, Hope House, and many others.

The annual MLK day parade was held in downtown Memphis where hundreds gathered together to either ride in or watch the floats and festivities together for a peaceful march in honor of the slain civil rights activist. The Commission on Religion and Racism organized, and leaders were pleased and motivated by the large turnout.

The Memphis Grizzlies hosted an event at FedEx Forum where several of the players held a discussion panel with Bernard King in order to bring to light many of the civil rights related issues that still affect the city to this day.

The National Civil Rights Museum was open all day and provided activities that included story telling, arts and crafts, as well as musical performances to commemorate Martin Luther King. They also held a canned food drive and hosted a blood drive to help the community in Memphis.

The City of Memphis hosted a commemorate celebration at Mason Temple where King gave his final speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” In addition, the city held a service project to clean Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue after the celebration at Mason Temple.

Katie Butler is a freshman at Rhodes College.

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