The National Civil Rights Museum

it's a lot of thought today on dr.

Martin Luther King jr. Day and what his

efforts meant in the entire world if you

think about it if everybody just took a

few seconds of reflection of what his

message really was we'd all be so much

better off and there's a perfect place

in America to go to do just that

Tina's ratio takes us there Tina al on

this day that we celebrate the life and

contributions of dr. Martin Luther King

jr. MSG is now going to take our viewers

on a tour inside the National Civil

Rights Museum in Memphis Tennessee built

in and around the Lorraine Motel where

dr. King spent his last days and his

life was so tragically taken back in

1968 on November 16th when the Knicks

were playing the Memphis Grizzlies I had

an opportunity to go on a tour at this

museum and I want to tell you that this

exhibit is a true testament to all of

those who fought and died for not just

justice and equality but every

American's civil rights in Memphis

Tennessee on the site of the former

Lorraine Motel stands the National Civil

Rights Museum the museum which opened in

1991 traces the history of the civil

rights movement from the 17th century to

present history is presented and

historic figures are brought back to

life here the story is told of such

prominent abolitionists such as

Frederick Douglass Harriet Tubman Booker

T Washington and w eb Du Bois a

permanent display documents the u.s.

Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's

Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 the

museum also tells of the sad rise of Jim

Crow laws in the south and the Ku Klux

Klan throughout the land into the 20th

century the museum tells of the

Scottsboro 9 in the 30s to the Little

Rock Nine and high school desegregation

in 1957

Ryan Jones a tour guide at the Museum

picks up the story with Rosa Parks a

chapter in the Civil Rights Museum which

also introduced the world to a young

Martin Luther King jr. so on December

the 1st 1955 a woman made an act of

courage her name was Rosa Parks she's a

citizen of Montgomery was a seamstress

and she was involved in the local

n-double-a-cp chapter on that day she

got on a bus just like this one and

decided from refused to give up her seat

on the bus at the time and Alabama and

elsewhere in the south if you were black

and a white person wanted to have your

seat you either had to move to the back

of the bus or completely get off the bus

at that time she was arrested and bailed

out by a man named edy Nixon during this

time women in the civil rights movement

started to speak out the women's

political council was headed by Jo Ann

Gibson said that we were going to have a

one-day bus boycott where all the

african-americans will completely not

ride the bus they would get to work

school whatever it is they needed to do

they would not use bus for a means of

transportation and it was a complete

success the Montgomery bus boycotts

assured in a decade of sit-ins marches

and protests

and although the protests were intended

to be peaceful there was often violence

and bloodshed as was the case in

Birmingham Alabama and Philadelphia

Mississippi the 1960s saw the Selma

March and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

the decade also saw the march on

Washington where Martin Luther King gave

a powerful voice to the civil rights

movement on August 28 1963 all civil

rights organizations called for major

celebration they were going to march on

Washington for Jobs and Freedom because

of the events that took place in

Birmingham Alabama that previous spring

African Americans knew that they were

going to get what they had been wanting

for over a hundred years and that was a

civil rights bill that was going to be

signed by President Kennedy what was the

highlight of this the march on

Washington was Martin Luther King's most

famous streets because I have a dream

speech the story tells of King's final

days as he traveled to Memphis in April

of 1968 to help improve the working

conditions of striking sanitation

workers it was here on the second floor

balcony of the Lorraine hotel where an

assassin's bullet ended the life of the

civil rights leader he was going to have

dinner with Reverend Samuel Billy Kyle's

that night in of Memphis with the rest

of his closest associates he walked out

onto the balcony about 5:45 some of the

people that were there were Reverend

Jesse Jackson Ben branch Merle

McCullough and other people Martin

Luther King walked outside of the

balcony and was asking Ben branch a

Chicago band player to play your

precious Lord take my hand by Mahalia

Jackson at that very moment Reverend

Kyle's walked towards this way and a

shot rang out

Martin Luther King was shot and was

assassinated and it was hitting the

right jaw people rushed to him to figure

out you know if they could save her by

from he was later rushed to st. Joseph's

Hospital and was pronounced dead at 7:05

p.m. Central Standard Time

and although King's life was cut short

that April day his enduring voice will

remain with us forever