Memphis Grizzlies to Honor Sam Moore as part of 13th annual MLK Jr. Celebration Day on Jan. 19 vs. Dallas

Jan 8 | Posted by: Sam Moore
Memphis, TN – The Memphis Grizzlies will be hosting their 13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Day on Monday, Jan. 19 when they play the Dallas Mavericks at 4 p.m. This year’s celebration features a star-studded lineup of NBA greats including four-time NBA All-Star Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, five-time NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups and Courage Award winner Jason Collins who will be honored for their contributions to civil and human rights with the 10th Annual Sports Legacy Award presented by FedEx during the MLK Jr. Celebration Day events. The yearly high school classic, symposium and matchup will be preceded by two new events added to the celebration lineup. The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day Events are presented by the Memphis Grizzlies, the National Civil Rights Museum, the City of Memphis and Shelby County

The Grizzlies and Mavericks game presented by FedEx and associate sponsor Coors Light will tip-off at 4 p.m. and be nationally broadcast by NBA TV and locally by SportSouth. The halftime ceremony, presented by MLGW, will feature a special performance by Sam Moore of Sam and Dave. Considered by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum as “the greatest of all soul duos,” Sam Moore and Dave Prater brought the sound of the black church to pop music with their string of hits for Stax Records from 1965 to 1968. The pair commonly collaborated with the likes of Isaac Hayes and David Porter. Their soulful repertoire included ageless hits “You Don’t Know Like I Know,” “Hold On, I’m Comin’,” “You Got Me Hummin’,” “Soul Man” and “I Thank You.” Sam and Dave thrived on the national stage and locally in the Stax revues of the mid-60s. Moore’s inspiring career will also be recognized with a special presentation during the game’s first half.

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