The Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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Our nation was forever changed on April 4, 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, just one day after he gave his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech that moved the hearts and souls of all those at the Mason Temple Church. Now, 50 years later, the eyes of an entire nation will turn to Memphis, Tennessee as we honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and strive to inspire mankind to realize Dr. King’s dream of freedom and equality for all.


TV One and Roland Martin will be on location at the Lorraine Motel, now the National Civil Rights Museum, to live-stream this monumental event across all Urban One platforms. This live event will capture the key moments of the day, as well as poignant and insightful interviews with Civil Rights icons and leaders of the new movement, both as live guests and via pre-recorded interviews.

Don’t miss the live stream event April 2 – April 4, 2018, hosted by Roland S. Martin on TV One. Check your local listing for details.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Day of Remembrance & Evening of Storytelling

➢ 10:00 AM- 6:15 PM Central Standard Time


Location: National Civil Rights Museum

10:00 AM- Daylong Tributes from the MLK50 Main Stage in the Museum Courtyard: Music, dance and spoken word performances and reflections from civil rights leaders in salute to Dr. King.

3:30 PM- The 6:01 50th Anniversary Ceremony from the Balcony of the Lorraine Motel: The Beloved Community will gather for the official ceremony with the laying of the wreath, ecumenical liturgy, musical and spoken word tributes, and remarks from civil rights icons.

6:01 PM- Bell Toll:  Bells ring at places of worship, college campuses or institutions 39 times across the nation to honor the number of years Dr. King dwelled on this earth and to pay homage to his legacy.


6:15 PM- Central Standard Time

Evening of Storytelling:

Civil Rights Icons and New Movement Makers in dialogue about “the Movement” then and now.  Award-winning journalist and former news anchor will host this event for NBC’s “Today Show”, Tamron Hall.  Special guests include Civil Rights Icons:

▪ Congressman John Lewis

▪ Marian Wright Edelman

▪ Clarence Jones

▪ Bernard Lafayette

▪ Diane Nash

▪ Elaine Turner

▪ Mike Cody

▪ Bree Newsome

▪ Alicia Garza

▪ Yadon Isreal

▪ Quentin James

▪ Nicole Porter

▪ Tami Sawyer


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