MLK Poetry Night: "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Join us for an evening of free performances in honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21. The theme of this year's event is "Where Do We Go From Here?"—the title of King's 1967 book and also the name of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum's final gallery. The event will begin at 6 p.m.

Museum director Pamela Junior, artist Thabi Moyo, and musician 5th Child will co-host the program. DJ Young Venom will provide music.

If you would like to be considered to perform a piece at the event, complete the web form here. All pieces submitted should adhere to this year’s theme, “Where Do We Go From Here.” The deadline submit an entry is Friday, January 4, at 5 p.m.  and all applicants will be notified no later than January 5. For more information, email

King, a key figure in the national civil rights movement, supported Mississippi activists by bringing national attention to their efforts. He attended the funeral of civil rights martyr Medgar Evers in 1963, spoke before the DNC credentials committee on behalf the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964, and joined James Meredith’s through the Mississippi Delta in 1966. Written in 1967, Where Do We Go From Here? was the final book King wrote before he was assassinated.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened alongside the Museum of Mississippi History in December 2017 in celebration of the state's bicentennial. The Museum of Mississippi History explores the entire sweep of the state's history. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the first state-operated civil rights museum in the country, explores the period from 1945 to 1976, when Mississippi was ground zero for the Civil Rights Movement nationally. The museums are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

The museums are located at 222 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201. For more information, call 601-576-6800 or email info@civilrightsmuseum.