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‘Great Day of The Dreamers’: a Memphis, Mid-South salute

A two-day salute this weekend at Mud Island River Park and Amphitheatre will tie into the official dedication of The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. A two-day salute this weekend at Mud Island River Park and Amphitheatre will tie into the official dedication of The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.

Dubbed the “Great Day Of The Dreamers,” the salute will include the opportunity to view the dedication on big screens at the Mud Island Amphitheatre as the event unfolds live in D.C. The weekend event also is crafted to coincide with the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington, which also is Sunday.

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, prior to the live telecast of the dedication, there will be a worship celebration – From Prophecy to Promise – designed to “bring the Church of Memphis and the Mid-South together as one.”

Organizers say Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is a confirmed participant, with proclamations of support secured from Gov. Bill Haslam and others.

The College of Aspiring Artists (formally MARTEX Productions) is producing the weekend affair, which will include a pre-opening ceremony on the South Field of the Mud Island River Park on Saturday, August 27, beginning at 5 p.m. The “featured moment” during the ceremony will be the Memphis Race-Card Retirement Party, which will follow film screenings of the documentaries “Come Walk in My Shoes” and “The Barber of Birmingham.”

The weekend also will feature a showcase for myriad artists and performers, “visionaries and prophets,” and a college fair.

Admission to the Mud Island River Park events is free for the general public; however, admission to the Amphitheatre Celebration on Sunday morning is a sponsored event, with free passes available through sponsors and/or registration.

Tickets are available at Mud Island, the Tri-State Defender and participating ministries and businesses.

Registration and details at www.feelthemovement.net.

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