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October 19th | Go to for more info Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:15:18 +0000 2017 Freedom Award | National Civil Rights Museum October 19th | Go to for more info WATN >>> "local memphis live" continues with host amy speropoulos. >>> welcome. to "local memphis live." the freedom door is making a national impact in the continuing fight for civil rights. a topic important to our city in memphis. >> not all of us or many of us did not live through the beginnings of the civil rights movement. we know about the iconic figures and events as martin luther king jr., rosa parks and sanitation strike. it was their voices and protests that changed the definition of equality. >> the battle is not over across the nation. we have many dedicating their lives to make a difference. >> how the efforts are being rewarded. >> welcome to the civil national rights museum. >> welcome. >> tell me a little bit about these awards we are about to have, take part in. >> every year we have freedom award. >> recognizing men and women and doing significant things to impact society. human civil rights. >> this year reverend, doctor, bernice king who you know is the daughter of dr. martin luther king and coretta scott king and born into the movement and followed in the legacy of her parents. of doing many things with regard to nonviolence and peace and especially with parents. >> maurice is a civil rights attorney known for phenomenal things that his center, the southern poverty law center, out of alabama, you know, they focus on hate crimes and they have stellar milestones judgments that they have been able to make against those extremist groups that have been, you know, plaguing the country for a long time. >>> and you met the south african trumpeter and folks know him as grazing in the grass and against apartheid and was exiled for 30 years because of speaking out against what was going on in south africa. and through his music has been talking about justice and equity for the people. >> it is mlk50. we have been commemorating mlk50 doctor king's assassination which is where the museum is since april 4th. >> we have dedicated the whole year to talking about dr. king and last years in helping everyone understand who this man was. and after the march on washington i have a dream speech what everybody knows about and he was focusly on different things, more aggressive in his approachly about poverty and especially poverty and one of the reasons he was in memphis was because he was fighting for the sanitation workers and what was happening to him and justice and housing and jobs and the whole economic equity and against militarism and vietnam. >>> in fact, on monday is moral monday. we have one of three kicking off at the boulevard at 6:00. >> and dr. barber, an outspoken and big name in civil rights head of n.a.a.c.p. in north carolina and very involved in this heavy push for civil rights. >> hopefully, people will come out. we are expecting a big audience for him and for moral mondays that will start monday the 16th. you can get all this from the web site mlk50 civil rights museum and anything for freeze um award is on the regular web site. >> this year's freedom awards will be different, correct? >> it is very different this year. >> it is different because we want to do something. this is our 26th year. it is always a phenomenal event. we have changed our venue and format. of course we start with student forum where 2500 students and educators come and get a chance to engage with the freedom award honorees and we go to the evening, 5:00 a red carpet. all the guests we consider vip's and they can walk the red carpet. >> 5:30, though, is the preshow gala at the hallaran center. we decked out the whole hallaran center. >> food stations and hors d' oeuvres and chefs and entertainment. lots of mix and mingling before we go to the actual freedom award ceremony where we, you know, give the honorees awards and that's at the orpheum. >> no dinner afterwards. >> big event before the actual awards and you go to the awards. >> what a wonderful event. >> i appreciate you sharing all this information. it sounds like it will be a great, great night. if anyone wants to come, of course we have all the information. can you get your tickets at civil rights >>> thank you so much. >> coming up, get ready to meet my brand new hopping friend. i just cannot wait. her name is peanut butter. we will tell you about her story

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