MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - People across the country will celebrate a civil rights icon next week. Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Dr. King spent his life helping and trying to improve the lives of not only African-Americans, but of everyone. On the day designated as his day, people are spending the day honoring him through service.
"It's going to be a wonderful day of remembrance and reflection on Dr. King," said Barbara Andrews with the National Civil Rights Museum. She says the museum will have special exhibitions and performances throughout the day, beginning at 8 a.m.
"Because of the life sacrifice, because of the moral consciousness he brought to this country, the story we tell is not so much about his death but what he gave during his life."
In an effort to further promote the spirit of giving and selflessness Dr. King preached, the National Civil Rights Museum is offering free admission for up to four people to anyone who donates a pint of blood to Lifeblood.
Debra Brown, Community Relations Director with Lifeblood, says "This is a wonderful way of giving back, giving service and actually giving life to people who need it."
The Children's Museum of Memphis also has plans to celebrate the civil rights hero.
"It's going to be a great day all around… we have asked children to write letters to Dr. King thanking him for everything he did," says Carrie Roberts, the museum's Director of PR and Marketing. She says they received hundreds of letters from kids all across Memphis.
"This is from Luke," she reads, "Dear Dr. King. I think your dream of peace is awesome."
Alex wrote, "I wish one day no one would ever hurt anybody else and be nice to each other."
And Mary Alice wrote, "I like that you had peace in yourself and tried to help others. I wish peace was in the country now."
There are many other events going on as well Monday, from clean-ups to food giveaways, all in honor of Dr. King.