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Plans for MLK Day 2022 for the National Civil Right Museum have been updated

Other than free admission to the museum, the outdoor entertainment and activities have been canceled due to the surges in COVID cases.
Credit: National Civil Rights Museum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — On January 17, the National Civil Rights Museum will remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special virtual celebration at 12:00 noon and 6:00pm Central. There will also be extended hours for those who want to visit the museum in-person (8am-6pm) and admission will be free thanks to FedEx. Tickets will be available online starting January 3rd at kingday.org

Due to the surge in COVID cases, there will be limited capacity so anyone wanting to visit the museum must get a ticket online. The museum is canceling the courtyard entertainment, resource stations, and children’s activities where people would gather in close proximity. Guests are required to wear masks. Sanitation stations will be posted throughout the experience. 


  • Visitors can tour the museum from 8:00am–6:00pm. To secure admission, making online reservations is highly recommended for King Day, January 17.
  • There will be music, announcements, and recorded speeches by Dr. King from the Main Stage outdoors.
  • The emphasis is on “Double V,” vaccines and voting, to address vaccine hesitancy and voter apathy, two issues that are particularly adverse for communities of color in the U.S. and globally. 
  • Through the Communities for Immunity project, the museum is sharing online resources and a survey to gauge response to the urgency of COVID and getting vaccinated.
  • For its food drive benefitting the Mid-South Food Bank, the museum is requesting that guests bring canned good donations to help feed the growing number of hungry families in the Mid-South.
  • The museum continues its annual blood drive with Vitalant to help with the critical shortage. Anyone donating blood receives a free admission pass for up to four people any day in 2022.

For information about the online and in-person celebration for Martin Luther King, Jr Day, visit the National Civil Rights Museum's website.

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