MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The National Civil Rights Museum will host “King Day” on Monday, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
With a majority of the events being held outside, it’s important to be prepared if you plan to attend.
“So this is going to be a great day and it's a celebration,” said Dr. Noelle Trent from the National Civil Rights Museum. “It's a great party.”
Most of the day’s activities are scheduled to be outside on the plaza at the National Civil Rights Museum.
WMC Action News 5 Meteorologist Nick Gunter said Monday temperatures will start off freezing.
“So tomorrow’s high we are forecasting in the mid-40s but that’s going to be around 3 p.m. in the afternoon,” Gunter said. “So festivities I’m told start around 8 a.m., temperatures are going to be in the 20s.”
He said the windchill will play a big factor if you plan to be outdoors.
“Go ahead and dress in layers,” Gunter said. “Windchill, the way it works is when the wind blows, your body heat is pushed away from you so when you dress in layers it keeps the heat towards you and makes it a little bit more bearable to be outside.”
Tents have been set up to house live performers, a healthy community pavilion, and more than 50 organizations that provide social services.
“We think that people are wanting to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday and on the heels of MLK 50, everybody is really motivated into the spirit of change,” Trent said.
Trent said they expect as many as 7,000 to 8,000 visitors at the facility. Admission to the museum is free with a donated canned good.
“One thing we’re doing different this year is we’re really connecting to the next generation of activists, so there is a second grade class from John P. Freeman School who will be here and at noon on Monday, they will be leading their own children’s march, here on the grounds of the museum,” Trent said.
For more details, visit the NCRM’s website at this link.
Despite the cold temperatures, Trent says each year is an opportunity to keep Dr. Kings legacy and dream alive.