The National Civil Rights Museum will bestow Michelle Obama with the prestigious Freedom Award.

NewsOne spoke with National Civil Rights Museum President Terri Freeman about the institution's dedication to preserving King's work through programming, the role Memphis plays in his incredible journey and what he may have thought about the current social justice climate in today's society.

Renovated in 2014, the museum hopes to immerse visitors in the nation's history of civil rights.

The 93-year-old activist was honored Thursday for his work in civil rights at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis, Tennessee.

The National Civil Rights Museum is hosting their 25th Annual 2016 Freedom Awards this evening in Memphis, Tennessee.