28th Freedom Awards Tonight at National Civil Rights Museum


John P: IT’S TIME TO ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET MEMPHIS… TONIGHT MARKS THE 28TH FREEDOM AWARD PUT ON BY THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHT’S MUSEUM. WELCOME TO LOCAL 24 AT MIDDAY I’M JOHN PAUL. Kelsie: AND I’M KELSIE CAIRNS. THIS YEAR… A FEMINIST ICON.. A GRAMMY-WINNING SINGER.. AND A NIGERIAN ACTIVIST WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE AND RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR WORK IN CIVIL RIGHTS. LOCAL 24 NEWS REPORTER JALYN SOUCHEK IS IN DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS WHERE TONIGHT’S PRE- SHOW GALA WILL BEGIN. JALYN… ARE THERE ANY CHANGES FOR TONIGHT? YOU CAN SEE IT RAINING NOW. UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO THE FORECAST THEY’RE HAVING TO MOVE THE RED CARPET INSIDE THE HALLORAN CENTER. NORMALLY, THEY LIKE TO HAVE SPACE OUTSIDE FOR PEOPLE TO MINGLE BUT THAT WILL ALL BE INSIDE THERE THIS YEAR. TONIGHT’S PRE- SHOW GALA STARTS AT FIVE P-M BEFORE THE AWARD CEREMONY AT 7:30 THEY’RE BRINGING IN SOME HUGE NAMES TO RECOGNIZE AS THIS YEAR’S HONOREES. WE HAVE HAFSAT ABIOLA… A NIGERIAN HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND PRESIDENT OF WOMEN IN AFRICA… FEMINIST ACTIVIST AND FOUNDER OF THE WOMEN’S ACTION ALLIANCE GLORIA STEINHEM… TEN TIME GRAMMY WINNER JOHN LEGEND… WHO FIGHTS FOR CHILDREN IN POVERTY TO GET A QUALITY EDUCATION…. FAITH MORRIS/NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM CHIEF MARKETING & EXTERNAL AFFAIRS OFFICER: “we will be paying tribute to them. Their stories are amazing what they’ve done is amazing and what all of them are still doing and I think that’s really what is the most exciting part. They have fabulous histories but what they’re doing now is incredible.” THIS YEAR THE FREEDOM AWARD WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO THE GREEN BOOK… A SAFE TRAVELING GUIDE FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS DURING THE JIM CROW ERA ALSO HAPPENING AT TEN THIS MORNING… THERE WILL BE A FREEDOM AWARD STUDENT FORUM REPORTING LIVE IN DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS JALYN SOUCHEK GOOD DAY MEMPHIS Kelsie: A LOCAL TRAFFIC ALERT! YOU MAY WANT TO AVOID SEVERAL DOWNTOWN STREETS TONIGHT. THIS MAP SHOWS YOU THE STREETS AROUND THE ORPHEUM THEATRE AND HALLORAN CENTRE THAT WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE 2019 FREEDOM AWARDS. THOSE STREETS INCLUDE SOUTH FRONT STREET…BEALE STREET…DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR AVE…SECOND STREET…AND PEABODY PLACE. THOSE STREETS WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL 10 PM. John P:

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