Preparations underway to honor Dr. King for MLK Day

Preparations underway to honor Dr. King for MLK Day

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - This weekend, people will be volunteering across the Mid-South in honor of the MLK Days of Service.

It all comes to a culmination on Monday when a big celebration will be held in the Civil Rights icon's honor.

Preparation is underway for one of museum's biggest days, made even bigger coming off the momentum of MLK 50.

“It's emotional, like even though we are from Canada, it is during our lifetime,” said visitor Peggy Redekupp.

This is the Redekupp's first trip to the place where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 50 years ago when he was 39.

The National Civil Rights Museum is transforming rom a place that memorializes his death to a place that celebrates life with what would have been Dr. King's 90th birthday.

“The number 90 means humanitarian generosity, kindness all these things that we associate with Dr. King, so what better way to connect with those ideals than to be here on the grounds of the museum on that day,” said Dr. Noelle Trent with NCRM.

Each of the tents will house a slew of performers, a healthy community pavilion, a children's tent, and more than 50 organizations that Dr. Trent said continues Dr. King's dream.

“We always are trying to make sure the community knows how to connect with groups that are doing social justice work in the area,” Dr. Trent said.

Streets surrounding the National Civil Rights Museum such as Huling and Butler Avenue at South Main will be closed.

Organizers are expecting as many as 7,000 to 8,000 visitors to the facility, which is typically an economic boost for surrounding businesses.

“It's definitely one of our busiest days of the year,” said Central BBQ’s Dutch Edwards.

Nearby Central Avenue will also be feeding about 500 volunteers for Monday's events, all playing a role to make one of the biggest days for this museum a success.

Admission to the museum is free Monday – you just have to bring a canned good.

Everything kicks off at 8 a.m.

Click here to learn more about the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Service.

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