Inauguration Day marks rare intersection with King

By Kate Brumback

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Jan. 18 2013 4:00 p.m. MST

The National Civil Rights Museum — the site of the Memphis motel where King was fatally shot on a balcony on April 4, 1968 — is hosting a food drive and blood drive, and touring a new exhibit focused on African-American women in the civil rights movement. However, much of the facility is closed for renovations, and it will not host an inauguration watch party.

Bernice King, who is also president and CEO of The King Center, which is dedicated to preserving and promoting her father's legacy, said she's not worried about the inauguration drawing people away from the annual celebration at Ebenezer Baptist Church, which will include watching the inauguration on a big screen after the service.

"Everybody can't go to the inauguration," she said. "Part two of our service is this inaugural watch party, so hopefully people will not stay home, but they will come and be in an environment of other people who feel good about this moment in history. It's just going to be a great day."

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Associated Press writers Ben Nuckols in Washington, Adrian Sainz in Memphis, Tenn., and Bob Johnson in Montgomery, Ala., contributed to this report.

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