February is Black History Month, and Memphis has museums, events, volunteer opportunities and more for you to get involved with and celebrate the month.

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"I AM A MAN" March

Get Involved with MLK50 events

In the spirit of Dr. King, and to honor the Sanitation Workers of 1968, you are invited to gather at City Hall to commemorate the I AM A MAN marches. Enjoy live entertainment, speakers and fellowship at this once in a lifetime experience. Special guest Angela Rye, CNN Political Commentator & Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Registration begins at 9 am, March begins at 10 am.

Location: Begins at City Hall (125 N. Main St.) to Clayborn Temple 

Click here to Register for FREE.

  • No cars or trucks
  • You will receive an email with instructions for line up
  • Completing this registration form does not guarantee entry.
  • Deadline is February 16, 2018 
MLK MARCH

Visit a Museum

National Civil Rights Museum

Located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Museum chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Location: 450 Mulberry 

Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 9 am – 5
Sun 1 – 5 pm.
Closed Tues.

Adult $15.00
Seniors & Students w/ID $14.00
Children 4–17 years $12.00
3 and under Free
Members Free

Slavehaven Underground Railroad Museum

Secret tunnels and trap doors evoke a period before the Civil War when this house was a stop on the underground railroad used by runaway slaves in their quest for freedom. The house is filled with 19th-century furnishings and artifacts from slavery days. Visit the Underground Slave Hideaway. This Antebellum home reveals secrets of the Underground Railroad!

Location: 826 N. Second St.

Wed.-Sat. 10-4pm.
Adults: $6, Students $4 (4-17)

Withers Collection Museum & Gallery

Located on world-famous Beale Street, the collection houses over one million images that cover Civil Rights, Memphis Music, Negro Baseball Leagues, Beale Street, Memphis History & Politics plus African-American Social Life. 60 Years of Images.

Location: 333 Beale Street

Tuesday - Thursday: 12 - 10 PM
Friday & Saturday: 12 - 11 PM
Sunday: 12 - 9 PM

Adults - $10.00
Students &Seniors - $7.00

More museums to explore in Downtown:

WC Handy Home and Museum
Cotton Museum of Memphis
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Blues Hall of Fame
Memphis Music Hall of Fame
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Belz Museum of Judaic and Asian Art

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Tour Impactful Murals in Downtown

Downtown's public art is more than paint on a wall. Take a trip around the city and see all of the meaninful artwork throughout all parts of Downtown. 

A list of murals you should definitely visit for Black History Month:

"The Sound of Memphis" Mural
A Note for Hope
Courage
I Am A Man
History of Civil Rights in Memphis
Hope Will Lead Us There
Living in Community
I Am Free Mural
Rendezvous Alley Mural
The Artery Murals in Barboro Alley
Upstanders Mural - Facing History and Ourselves

Check out our Mural Guide for a full list of Downtown public art with photos and locations!

Color Purple

See Theater, Dance, and other Performances

The Color Purple

Feb. 13 - 18, 2018 @ The Orpheum Theatre

With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story.

Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. It's the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls "one of the greatest revivals ever." Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph!

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Feb. 2 - 3, 2018 @ The Orpheum Theatre

Now more than ever, we need the power of dance to bring us all together, connected by our common humanity. Engage your emotions when Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater returns with contemporary works that touch on timely topics and the beloved classic Revelations, Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece that fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul.

Collage Dance Collective Presents Rise 2018

Feb. 4 @ 2:30pm @ Cannon Center for Performing Arts

Collage honors the legacy and contributions of giants and pioneers, from past to present. RISE showcases the company’s sheer athleticism and emotional conviction through powerful, historically inspired performances. RISE also features the company’s professional dancers performing alongside Collage’s dance stars of tomorrow.

Art Village Gallery

On February 8th join the Art Village Gallery for their screening of Sankofa. Which is a film directed by an Ethiopian filmmaker, Haile Gerima. The film shows the importance of not having people of African descent drift far away from their African roots.

On February 17th join the Art Village Gallery for their Panel Discussion “Lost Roots.” The panel is in  partnership with the University of Memphis African Student Association and will be about the disconnect between Africans and African-Americans.

On February 24th join the Art Village Gallery for an evening of art and poetry. The event feature various poets and artists throughout the city of Memphis along with a live African Jazz Ensemble.

City Tasting Tours

City Tasting Tours: A Tour of Tasteabilities

Join A Tour of Possibilities, and let the tour guides be your "conductor" and take you on a journey through Memphis, which is eye-opening, enlightening as well as entertaining!

Some of the sites on this one-of-a-kind tour include: Slave Haven, Historic Mason Temple, The National Civil Rights Museum/Lorraine Motel, Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

The richness of Memphis' history is often one of this city's best kept secrets. Let's explore "the rest of the story". The possibilities are endless!

You will then hop off that Soul Train line and enjoy delicious and generous tastings from 3 authentically Memphis restaurants all a short walk from each other. We will embrace southern cuisines and Memphis food culture with Cristina of City Tasting Tours that make Memphis a great place to live and visit.

Tickets are $75 each

Tours are on Saturdays

St. Jude Spirit of the Dream

Third Annual St. Jude Spirit of the Dream

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 @ 6-10pm 

Join us for Spirit of the Dream, the ultimate party taking place during Black History Month to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in building the St. Jude legacy. This year, as Memphis recognizes the 50th anniversary of the loss of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we will present the Spirit of the Dream Award to a recipient who upholds Dr. King's dream and champions the lifesaving mission of St. Jude and its founder, Danny Thomas. 

All proceeds from this unique event help continue the St. Jude mission: Finding cures. Saving children.®

Read about the inaugural event.

Location: Domino's Event Center (262 Danny Thomas Place)

Tickets: $50

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