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MLK Day at Civil Rights Museum Includes Food Drive

On January 21, 2013, the National Civil Rights Museum commemorates the leadership, vision, beliefs and sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a variety of events and programs.  In honor of the King national holiday, visitors can bring canned good items for Mid-South Food Bank and receive $1 off the discounted King Holiday museum admission.    With 20 percent of the population of Shelby County struggling with food insecurity, a donation of food to Mid-South Food Bank is in keeping with Dr. King's compassion for the poor in our country.  "We are proud to be part of the National Civil Rights Museum's programs for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  

The Museum has included us in the event for several years, resulting in hundreds of pounds of food to help feed hungry people in our community," said Estella Mayhue-Greer, president & CEO of Mid-South Food Bank.   

This year’s celebrated theme is “Education Equality: Creating A Movement in the Community.”  Community participants from educational, civic and health organizations will be on hand with information.  There are also a variety of entertainment and children activities including dramatic/musical performances, arts & crafts, storytelling, food vendors and door prizes.  Local radio stations will broadcast live from the museum.   For the first time, the museum will host a social media and Skype event to engage in conversation with like-minded organizations nationally and globally about the meaning of the MLK Holiday.    

For more information, contact the National Civil Rights Museum, 901-521-9699 or go on their website,  For more information on Mid-South Food Bank, visit                                                                ###