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MLK Day notes and events

Attend a symposium, prayer breakfast, parade or museum. Donate blood. Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium on MCS charter focus of MLK observance

Bernal E. Smith II, President and Publisher of the Tri-State Defender, will serve as the moderator for a public information symposium that will be held on the campus of The LeMoyne-Owen College in observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Surrender or Not Surrender: an ‘Issue’ of Justice” is the symposium topic, focusing on the Memphis City Schools Charter. The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 15 in the Gipson-Orgil Hall, Room 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Panelists include: Dr. Fred Johnson, Former Superintendent of Shelby County Schools; Martavius Jones, Memphis City Schools Board Member; the Rev. Dwight Montgomery, of the Baptist Ministerial Association and SCLC Memphis President.

The symposium is being hosted by the Memphis Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and funded by the Alpha Memphis Education Foundation.

MATA alters schedule for Dr. King holiday

 In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, MATA will operate a Saturday Schedule on Monday, Jan. 17.  

MATA’s North End Terminal Customer Service Desk will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the call center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to assist customers. MATAplus will also run on a Saturday schedule.

The trolley line will operate on a regular weekday schedule from 6 a.m.  to 11:30 p.m.

The American Way Transit Center, 3921 American Way and MATA’s administrative offices will be closed.

MATA will also operate shuttle service to the Memphis Grizzlies game on Monday, with tip-off at noon. For more detailed route and schedule information, call 274-6282 or check www.matatransit.com.

MIFA celebration for MLK Day

Each year, MIFA hosts a Day of Reflection and Service Celebration to honor its staff, volunteers, and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will be held at MIFA headquarters at 910 Vance Avenue on Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. It will feature speakers, exhibits, awards, and a birthday cake.

Children’s Museum sets MLK birthday party

On Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Children’s Museum of Memphis will hold a special birthday celebration featuring face painting, arts and crafts, a “Peace Quilt,” excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches, and more.

Lifeblood honors Dr. King

In honor of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., Lifeblood is offering its donors two ways to learn more about the civil rights movement.

The first way:  Lifeblood is holding a mobile blood drive from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr., Day – at the National Civil Rights Museum located at 450 Mulberry Street.  Those who donate blood that day will be given a voucher that entitles the donor and three family members free admission to the National Civil Rights Museum from Jan. 17-22.  Those who choose to go on Monday will be allowed to advance to the front of what promises to be a long line and be admitted before everyone else.

The second way:  Those who donate at any of Lifeblood’s donor centers in the area from Jan. 17-22 will be given a voucher for entrance to the National Civil Rights Museum for the donor and three family members, good for use January 17-22.  To locate a donor center near you, visit Lifeblood’s web site at www.lifeblood.org or call 1-888-LIFEBLOOD.

“One of Dr. King’s primary messages was that healthcare should be a basic civil right,” said Debra Brown, Lifeblood’s director of community relations.  “Lifeblood offers a safe, local blood supply to the community for all patients, something the entire community can certainly get behind.”

For more information on the MLK Day promotion, contact Brown at 288-7946.

Paris Henry County group slates MLK Day events

The Paris Henry County Ministerial Association will sponsor the 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Celebration on Monday, Jan. 17, in Paris, Tenn.

The days events feature at Community Prayer Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Quinn Chapel AME, with remarks by the Rev. Robert Johnson of Barr’s Chapel Church; a 10 a.m. Community March to the Henry County Court House, with remarks by Elder Leon White, Church in Paris; and a 6 p.m. community worship service at Church of the Living God-Porter St., with the Rev. Leroy Brent of Fairview Baptist Church in Mayfield, Ky., the guest speaker.

The MLK chairman is Elder J.E. Travis. The Rev. L.A. Ragland is president of the Paris Henry County Ministerial Association.

New Hope Baptist to honor Dr. King

New Hope Baptist Church located at 1407 Church Road in Southaven will celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and observe the note 25th federal holiday in his honor with a host of activities on Monday, Jan. 17.

The activities list will include: voter registration, tax and financial advice, health related services, a food drive (can goods and other non-perishable items only), and acceptance of old eyeglasses as well as slightly worn men’s clothing (suits, coats, neckties and shoes).

For more information, contact New Hope Baptist Church at 662-349-3367.

Get a jump on King Day tickets

Through January 16, Advance King Day ticket sales are available at the National Civil Rights Museum Box office. Avoid the long line on King Day, Monday, Jan. 17, by buying tickets in advance.

Admission is $3, or $2 with a canned good donation to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank.  Gain instant entry to the museum through a separate advance ticket line on King Day!

Van Jones to highlight Peace and Justice gala

On Saturday January 15, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center will present its annual benefit gala “Living the Legacy of Nonviolence” in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church.

The celebration will feature a keynote address from Van Jones, former special advisor to President Obama on green jobs and founder of Green for All. There also will be a performance by favorite Amy LaVere, and much more.

The program begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call 725-4990.

King Weekend Food Drive

The National Civil Rights Museum King Weekend Food Drive will be held at Museum Courtyard and Campus on Jan. 15 through Jan. 17.

Join the Museum and the Mid-South Food Bank in “Feeding The Need” for thousands of Mid-Southerners who rely on local agencies to stop hunger and provide essential services.  Donations should include non-perishable items such as canned meats (tuna, stews, chili, Spam, soups), canned fruit & veggies, canned juices, and peanut butter.  NO glass containers.

Items are collected during museum hours of operation Saturday through Monday.

‘Breakfast Fit for a King

Youth Day, with the theme “Breakfast Fit for a King,” will be observed at the National Civil Rights Museum from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Rose Room on Saturday, Jan. 15.

The program is designed for children ages 5 -10 and includes breakfast with a dramatic portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Arts and crafts, a youth sing-a-long and performances by the Watoto de Afrika Memphis dance troupe are featured. “Photo with A King” will be offered as an event souvenir.  

Reservations are required for breakfast and seating is limited. Call 901-521-9699, ext. 239 to RSVP.

‘It’s All About the Children’

Southern Christian Leadership Conference Memphis Chapter will host a commemorative program and worship celebration titled “It’s All About The Children” at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Moriah East Baptist Church at 1248 Haynes St.

Dr. C. S. Greer, president of the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association, will be the guest speaker. Presenters will include Mayor AC Wharton Jr., Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, retired Judge D’Army Bailey.

Dr. Roosevelt T. Joyner will be the master of ceremonies, with music provided by Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association Male Chorus. The Rev. Dr. Melvin Charles Smith is the host pastor.

For more information contact the Rev. Dr. Dwight Montgomery, SCLC Memphis Chapter president, at 488-4798.

King National Holiday Parade

The Dr. Martin Luther King National Holiday Parade will be held on Monday, Jan. 17, beginning at 10 a.m.

The parade will begin at the corner of Main and Auction streets and move south on Main St. to Exchange St., east on Exchange St. to Second St., south on Second St. to Beale St., and east on Beale St. to W.C. Handy Park, where the Dr. King Birthday Celebration will be held.

There is no fee or cost to join in the parade. Special guests include the Ivan Robert’s Drum Ensemble of Trinidad, the Street Step Dancers from Clarksville, Tenn., local bands and drill team performances. For more information, call 949-8057.

Tour Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17.

Tour the Museum at reduced $3 admission, $2 admission with Food Drive canned good donation, or free admission with on-site blood donation to LifeBlood – available to the first 200 donors.

LeMoyne-Owen College Activities in Observance of MLK Day

LeMoyne-Owen College will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a series of activities during MLK Week beginning on Monday, January 17.  Activities include:

SunTrust Bank will present a check in the amount of $10,000 to LeMoyne-Owen College at the upcoming Annual MLK basketball game where the Grizzlies will face the Chicago Bulls. The game will be played at FedEx Forum on Jan. 17.  SunTrust makes the annual contribution to LeMoyne-Owen College to benefit its General Scholarship Fund. The check will be received by LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie B. Watson. “We are sincerely appreciative of the generosity that SunTrust Bank continues to show LeMoyne-Owen College and its students,” President Watson said.

The 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the LeMoyne-Owen College Alumni Association, will take place at 8 a.m., Monday, Jan. 17 at the Holiday Inn Select, 2240 Democrat Road, Memphis. The guest emcee will be Today Show Kid Reporter Deidra Shores.  The keynote speaker will be The Reverend Dr. Gina M. Stewart, Christ Missionary Baptist Church. Contact: Jesse Chatman, Director of Administrative Services at (901) 435-1478 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

LeMoyne-Owen College Community Clean-Up honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will take place on Monday, Jan 17. The LeMoyne-Owen College community-wide clean-up is co-sponsored by Clean Memphis, Volunteer Mid-South and the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Partnership, a coalition of community leaders associated with the LeMoyne-Owen College Center for Urban Leadership and Social Justice (CULSJ). The community clean-up will include volunteers from across the City of Memphis. The event is a public service and servant leadership tribute in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial holiday.

Memphis-area chapter of National Black Presbyterians schedule MLK program

The Greater Memphis Area Chapter of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus will host its 25th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Program on Sunday January 16. The program will be held at the church at 1005 E. Shelby Drive (just west of Elvis Presley ).

The observance begins at 2:30 p.m. with centering moments and prayer, followed by a processional from the parlor to the sanctuary, where the program will begin at 3 p.m.
 
For more information, contact Betty Broadnax at 901-921-1673, Elsie Mclemore at 901-384-0351, or Sophia Hardy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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