On Friday, April 27, EJI invites you to celebrate the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum at the Concert for Peace and Justice, featuring performances by The Roots, Dave Matthews, Usher, Common, Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes, Jon Batiste, Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs, Robert Glasper, Valerie June, Greg Phillinganes, Alabama State University Choir, plus very special guests.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in downtown Montgomery, Alabama.
Tickets are $51.50 and are available now at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800.745.3000.
Grand Opening Events
The Concert for Peace and Justice is one of several Grand Opening events in Montgomery on April 26 and 27.
The Peace and Justice Summit will present an exciting array of national leaders and advocates, including Michelle Alexander, Sherrilyn Ifill, Gloria Steinem, Marian Wright Edelman, Rev. William Barber, Ava DuVernay, Elizabeth Alexander, Vice President Al Gore, The Roots, Janet Mock, and many others. Sessions will run all day on Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center. A $25 Summit pass provides access to multiple talks and is now available for purchase here .
The Opening Ceremony on Thursday, April 26, will feature musical performances and remarks from national leaders, including Sweet Honey in the Rock, Ailey II, Bebe Winans, and John Lewis. The event will be held at the Montgomery Convention Center. Tickets are now available for $10 .
The Museum and Memorial
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is the nation’s first comprehensive memorial dedicated to racial terror lynchings of African Americans and the legacy of slavery and racial inequality in America. On a six-acre site atop a rise overlooking downtown Montgomery, the memorial uses sculpture, art, and design to contextualize racial terror and includes a memorial square with 800 six-foot monuments that identify thousands of racial terror lynching victims in the United States. EJI is inviting communities to acknowledge and confront their history of racial injustice by claiming monuments to install in their communities.
The Legacy Museum is a one-of-a-kind narrative museum housing interactive media, sculpture, videography, and exhibits that immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the domestic slave trade, racial terrorism, the Jim Crow South, and the world’s largest prison system. The museum is just a short walk from the memorial, on the site of a former warehouse where Black people were enslaved in Montgomery, Alabama.
“There is still so much to be done in this country to recover from our history of racial inequality,” said EJI Director Bryan Stevenson. “I’m hopeful that sites like the ones we are building and conversations like the ones we’re organizing will empower and inspire people to have the courage to create a more just and healthy future. We can achieve more in America when we commit to truth-telling about our past.”
We hope you will join us for this momentous occasion in Alabama. And don’t forget to reserve your entry tickets to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum!