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15 Jan, 2012

National Civil Rights Museum Marks MLK Day with Freedom Awards

Memphis, TN (PRWEB) January 12, 2012 — The 20th anniversary of the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Awards ceremony will be broadcast on over 100 Public Broadcast Stations (PBS) starting the weekend of the MLK National Holiday on January 14, 2012 through February. The Museum is also launching its first text mobile giving campaign on the King Holiday January 16, 2012.

The Freedom Awards ceremony was held on November 12, 2011 and honored Usher Raymond IV, Hill Harper, Cicely Tyson, Danny Glover, Kirk Whalum, Bill Russell, Alonzo Mourning, Marva Collins, Susan L. Taylor, the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Seven Icons of the American Civil Rights Movement received special recognition, Rev. James Lawson, Rev. Ed King, Rev. C. T. Vivian, Dolores Huerta, Leola Brown Montgomery, John Seigenthaler and Rev. Samuel Kyles. The ceremony was hosted by actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and featured Grammy Award performer James Ingram.

Top PBS markets of Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston and Dallas will carry the show with additional markets in over 100 cities. The Museum website has a complete schedule and listings at http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org.

Supporters can now help support the Museum’s first major renovation to the Lorraine Motel site, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Simply text MLK to 501501 and reply YES and a $10 donation to the Museum will be added to donor’s cell phone bill.