A March 30 celebration of Memphis, for which a host of local agencies and civic groups are joining forces, has been planned with the goal of creating a positive counterpoint to the Ku Klux Klan rally also happening in the city that day.
The city of Memphis, the Greater Memphis Chamber and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau are working with other groups to put on the “Heart of Memphis” celebration March 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tiger Lane. Attendees to the free event will have a long list of activities to participate in, including a farmer’s market, food truck rally, classic car displays and Memphis Mayor AC Wharton Jr.’s Easter egg roll on the Tiger Lane green.
Led by Memphis United, activities in The Creative Arts Building will feature an exhibition area for local groups and multicultural agencies. Live music will be presented on the Memphis Music Foundation Main Stage in partnership with the Memphis Music Commission and will include performances by Chinese Connection Dub Embassey, Tony Dickerson and the Essential Band, Yancy & Yancy, Deering & Down, Rice Drewry and Arvada – in addition to a special appearance by 8Ball and MJG.
Other events happening that day include
- Storytelling & book sale presented by Literacy Mid-South and Booksellers of Laurelwood
- Community Extravaganza at the Kroc Center presented by the Salvation Army
- Inflatable games presented by the Memphis Grizzlies
In anticipation of the Heart of Memphis celebration at Tiger Lane, the Liberty Bowl along with the towers and fountain at Liberty Bowl Plaza will be bathed in blue and green light, official colors for the Heart of Memphis event, starting March 19.