MidSouth Prepares for MLK50 Activities

For Immediate Release

March 29, 2018

“MLK50” Celebration Safety

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it.

It is a sword that heals.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Memphis and Shelby County will soon host thousands of visitors from around the world for the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, “MLK50.” The commemoration, from April 2 - 5, includes indoor and outdoor events in downtown Memphis. Some venues planned are Clayborn Temple, Mason Temple, the Peabody Hotel, the Rose Theatre, Holiday Inn Memphis, the Memphis Cook Convention Center, Calvary Episcopal Church, Crosstown Concourse, and the National Civil Right Museum.


“The Shelby County Office of Preparedness would like to thank the National Civil Rights Museum and all of the law enforcement and emergency management professionals who have worked tirelessly for months to ensure a safe haven for those attending the MLK50 events,” said Dale Lane, Director Shelby County Office of Preparedness. “In the spirit of Dr. King’s teachings of non-violence, please review these safety tips and we hope you enjoy the Dr. King commemoration.”



·         Be patient! Allow for extra time at security check points, parking, and walking to venues.


·         Note the street closures near the National Civil Rights Museum.


·         Have a charged cell phone with you at all times.


·         Program emergency phone numbers in cell phones of each family member.


·         Always be aware of your environment. Large crowds can be distracting.


·         Note where at least 2 exits are located.


·         Have an escape plan in mind.

·         Find the location of security and first-aid at all events.

·         If you are in an active shooter event, initiate the “Run, Hide, Fight” technique.

Ø  Run! Leave belongings behind. Get away from the shooter. If you cannot run, hide.

Ø  Hide! In an area outside the shooter’s view. Block the entrance. Silence cell phones. If you cannot run or hide, then as a last resort, fight.

Ø  Fight! Attempt to incapacitate the shooter. Act with aggression.

Call 911 when safe to do so. When law enforcement arrives, remain calm. Follow instructions. Raise empty hands with fingers spread. Be a good witness.


·         If you see something, say something!  Report suspicious behavior to law enforcement.