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Martin Luther King Events in Memphis This Week


Forty years ago the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to an end in Memphis. This week, veterans of the Civil Rights movement, men and women who marched beside King, and those who followed in his footsteps as fighters for social change converge on the city to remember the man and carry his dream forward. Here's a roundup of local events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.

April 2 -- At the Peabody Hotel: Rev. Al Sharpton hosts the 10th annual National Action Network convention. The convention runs through April 5. Events scheduled for the 2nd include meetings on affordable green housing, healthcare, and labor. Visit for a complete schedule.

At the University of Memphis, Rose Theatre; 10a.m.: Forum on the MSU 109, the students who staged a sit-in at the president of university's office. 1:30p.m. Forum, behind the scenes and untold stories, including members of the militant Black Invaders group. 6p.m., Scholar Angela Davis speaks on "Martin Luther King Jr. and Global Civil Rights."

April 3 -- The website of the April 4th Foundation says that its Symposium for School Children seminar scheduled for April 3 at 1:00 in the Cook Convention Center has been cancelled.

At City Hall, 125 N. Main Street, 11 a.m.: Sanitation Workers Appreciation hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum

At the National Civil Rights Museum; 5:30 p.m.: Former MLK speechwriter Clarence B. Jones will discuss his book What Would Martin Say? and sign copies in the National Civil Rights Museum auditorium.

7 p.m.: Civil rights leaders will gather for a cocktail reception and to share stories about King for the "In Remembrance There Is Life." Clarence B. Jones, Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, Dr. Benjamin Hooks, former Shelby County Sheriff and Mayor Bill Morris, and Dr. Jerry Francisco will speak. Tickets for this event cost $50.

April 4 -- At the National Civil Rights Museum: Rev. C.T. Vivian, civil rights movement veteran and former King associate, and historian Cynthia Griggs Fleming, will lead a candlelight vigil at the time and place of the King assassination.

At the Cook Convention Center: The April 4th Foundation hosts a banquet and awards ceremony to commemorate King and honor Georgia congressman John Lewis and entertainer Harry Belafonte. Visit for ticket information.

In brief:

The environmental organization Green for All will host a three-day conference from April 4-6 at the Cook Convention Center called "The Dream Reborn." Events will focus on the creation of a green economy strong enough to lift poor Americans out of poverty. Visit for more information.

A high tea and fashion show is planned to honor Luther C. McClellan, the first African American to graduate from the University of Memphis at the Plush Club at 12:45p.m. Saturday April 5.

Stay tuned to for coverage of selected events.

--Preston Lauterbach

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