National Civil Rights Museum to Live Stream Red Carpet at its Pre-Show Gala for the 31st Freedom Award

Memphis, Tennessee, UNITED STATES

Memphis, TN, Oct. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Civil Rights Museum brings the star-studded Freedom Award Red Carpet experience to the nation via live stream. The Red Carpet, which precedes the 31st Freedom Award Ceremony, will feature the 2022 honorees, TAYLOR BRANCH, ISABEL WILKERSON, and FREDERICK W. SMITH; as well as ceremony host Lamman Rucker; Museum President Russell Wigginton; and entertainers BeBe Winans, Ed Mabrey, and other notable participants and attendees.

Hosted by NBC affiliate anchor/reporter, Kelli Cook, the red carpet live stream experience will include interviews with the honorees, entertainers and influencers to discuss the impact of the Freedom Award and current events. The live stream will launch on the Freedom Award website on October 20, 2022 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Central.  Viewers may click here to be notified before the broadcast begins.

Presented by International Paper, FedEx Corporation, Nike, Ford Motor Company, Valero, and the Hyde Family Foundation, the Freedom Award Ceremony will be held at the Orpheum Theatre. The Red Carpet Pre-Show Gala is held next door at the Halloran Centre for the Performing Arts in Downtown Memphis.

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About the National Civil Rights Museum

The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, gives a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from slavery to the present. Since the Museum opened in 1991, millions of visitors from around the world have come, including more than 90,000 students annually. Serving as the new public square, the Museum is steadfast in its mission to honor and preserve the site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.  It chronicles the American civil rights movement and tells the story of the ongoing struggle for human rights, serving as a catalyst to inspire action to create positive social change.  A Smithsonian Affiliate and an internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum is recognized as a 2019 National Medal Award recipient by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the top national honor for museums and libraries.  It is a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Top 5% U.S. Museum, USA Today's Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC's Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Business Journal.

About Smithsonian Affiliations

Established in 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums and educational and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. The long-term goal of Smithsonian Affiliations is to facilitate a two-way relationship among the Affiliate organizations and the Smithsonian Institution to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning in communities across America. More information about the Smithsonian Affiliations program and Affiliate activity is available at


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