6:01 Commemoration

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Free and Open to the public • does not include Museum admission

Rain location: Hooks Hyde Hall

The National Civil Rights Museum will remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at its April 4th Commemoration from the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Staff will host children’s activities and community engagement during the day. The event will begin at 4:00pm and culminate at 6:01pm, the time the fatal shot was fired 51 years ago.  The museum will pause for a moment of silence and the ceremonial changing of the wreath on the balcony at Room 306 where Dr. King was slain.

Special program guests also include members of Dr. King’s fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

From 10am-3pm on April 4th, the museum will host hands-on activities for children and families including creating a miniature signs for peace and justice and making paper carnations with messages about King’s legacy to be added to a community-designed wreath.

Guests can engage in a “Share Your Story” video from 12pm-4pm to express their sentiments about Dr. King and the impact of their museum experience. The videos will be shared on social media in remembrance of the slain civil rights leader.

April 4th Commemoration, an annual event at the National Civil Rights Museum.

The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. salutes Dr. King, who was an Alpha, with a wreath-laying ceremony in fraternal colors.

A musical tribute to Dr. King is delivered instrumentally and vocally during the commemoration program.

Museum staff and guest speakers deliver words of reflection and invite guests to carry on the legacy of nonviolence, peace and harmony with a community litany.

A diverse audience from near and far pays homage to the life and legacy of Dr. King each year during April 4th commemoration.