Martin Luther King Day holiday events

January 11, 2018 GMT


Wayne State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute: Doors open at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m. Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward, Detroit. Parking is available for $5 in the Orchestra Place Parking Deck. Call (313) 577-5284 or (313) 576-5111.


Eastern Michigan University Celebrates MLK Day:9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fri.: EMU honors College Auditorium, 511 W. Forest, Ypsilanti; 3:30 p.m. Sat.: the Movie “Selma” is shown at the Student Auditorium. Free. A discussion, with light refreshments, begins following the presentation at 5:45 p.m.; 3-4:30 p.m. Sun.: Community Conversation — “Building Communities: One Step at a Time ...” Room 310 A/B, Student Center Building. Special guest presenter will be Dr. Doris Fields, director of undergraduate studies and professor of Communications, EMU; 7:30-8:30 a.m.Mon.: Join the MLK Committee for a free light continental breakfast. Student Center, third floor (various rooms). Five concurrent sessions; 7 p.m. Tues.: Closing MLK Celebration event with EMU Men’s Basketball game (EMU vs Akron). Convocation Center. EMU, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Call (734) 487-4401.


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Story Time: 3-5 p.m. Join a scavenger hunt of successful Pontiac residents in a “Corner” exhibit, and an “I Have a Dream Craft.” The program includes a snack. Free. Pontiac Public Library, 60 East Pike, Pontiac. Call (248) 758-3942.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Peace Walk Celebration: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (11 a.m. program at the Southfield Pavilion.) Presented by Hope United Methodist Church, 26275 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield. Call (248) 356-1020.

Motown Museum Offers Free Admission: Children 17 years of age and younger, accompanied by a guardian with a paid admission, can celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with free admission. 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. Call (313) 875-2264, or visit motownmuseum.org.

MLK Day Drop-In Workshop: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Create pamphlet stitched notebooks, one for you and one to be donated to a local school. General admission is free for residents of Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties. All others: $14, $9 seniors, $8 college students with I.D., $6 youth 6-17, free for members and those 5 and younger. Detroit Institute of Art (art making studio), 5200 Woodward, Midtown Detroit. (313) 833-7900.

Celebrate MLK Day at the Henry Ford: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bring your entire family and friends. Free admission and parking. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. Call (313) 982-6001 or visit thehenryford.org.

MLK Jr. Day: “Bring the Dream to Life:” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hosted by the Black Historic Sites Committee, the program will feature children’s activities, including making your own Martin Luther King Jr. coloring and activity book, open mic poetry with a focus on “the spirit of Dr. King,” hosted by One Single Rose. There will also be cupcakes to celebrate what would have been King’s 89th birthday. Free. Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward, Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 833-0277.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemorative Breakfast: Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast begins at 8 a.m., followed by the program at 9 a.m. Featuring the Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr., James T. And Berta R. Laney, with special guests the Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson, Tiffany Jones, Franklin Wilkerson. Musical performances will be by Ken Boyd, Isis Damil and T’Zion Israel. $35, or $30 each when purchased in groups of 10. Tickets include valet parking and admission to all MLK Day activities and exhibits. There will also be a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The day includes musical performances, arts and crafts, children’s workshops, storytelling, video tributes, displays of MLK and Coretta Scott King artifacts, the openings of two new exhibitions — “I Found God in Myself: a Celebration of Dr. Ntozake Shange’s for Colored Girls” and “Art from Detroit’s Collections,” — and much more. All activities are included in the museum’s admission: $8 adults, $5 62-plus and youth 3-12, free for members and those younger than 12. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 315 E. Warren, Detroit. thewright.org. (313) 494-5800.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast: 9-11 a.m. This family event brings together citizens and leaders of every community from across the state to celebrate the dream of equality set forth by Dr. King. The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church, will be guest speaker. Free. Triumph Church, 16115 Beck, Northville. Call (313) 386-8044.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy March: A celebration themed “Looking Back to Move Forward” at Martin Luther King High School. March begins at 9 a.m., followed by a program at 10 a.m., and tours and exhibits at 11 a.m. Free hot chocolate and commemorative gifts. 3200 E. Lafayette. Call (313) 494-7373.

Let Freedom Ring: Join the Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project and others for a Happy Birthday Dr. King event at Cobo Center. Honorees include Detroit News columnist Bankole Thompson, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and Mark Schlissel, president of the University of Michigan. 4:30 p.m. The event includes performances by nationally-known artists. One Washington Blvd., downtown Detroit. Call (313) 877-8777, or visit automotiveproject.org.

Volunteer at Gleaners in Observance of MLK Day: 1-4 p.m. Join the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Lambda Pi Omega Chapter, as they volunteer at Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Dress comfortably. 2131 Beaufait, Detroit. You must register at alphakappaalphasorority.gcfb.volunteerhub.com.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day Events, School’s Out Fun For Kids: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Reserve your child’s space for this Day Camp, filled with activities that include bounce houses, games, swimming, crafts and more. Franklin Athletic Club, 29350 Northwestern Highway, Southfield. Call (248) 352-8000, ext. 314, or email lbarrick@ffrc.net to register.

Rochester Hills Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Event: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Open bowling and bumper bowling with Glow Bowling Lights and music for families. Hungry Howies Pizza will be available all day. Avon North Hill Lanes, 150 W. Tienke, Rochester Hills. Call (248) 651-8544.

School’s Out MLK Day Special: Noon-7 p.m. $12.95 (includes one-topping personal pizza, regular soda, and one game of laser tag). Paradise Park, 45799 Grand River, Novi. Call (248) 735-1050 or visit paradiseparknovi.com.

Lost Lake Sledding Hill MLK Day Event: 1-5 p.m. The warming shelter will be open for sledding fun. Call before heading out to make sure the sled hill will be open. Lost Lake Park, 846 Lost Lake Trail, Oakland. Call (248) 651-4440, ext. 299.


Monroe County Community College will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a week of diversity events. Tues.: NAACP Lenawee County Chapter President Jeanette Henagan will speak from 2-3 p.m. at Warrick Student Services/Administration Building (Room 173A); Wed.: A “We Shall Overcome” march simulation and diversity fair will assemble at 11:15 a..m in front of the Career Technology Center. The march will proceed from the CTC to the Audrey M. Warrick Student Services/Administration Building where the fair will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Thurs.: the film “Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis” will be presented from 2-3 p.m. in the Little Theater, in the Campbell Learning Resources Center; Jan. 19: the Grade “A” Cafe at MCCC will serve a trio of international dishes. The main campus is at 1555 South Raisinville, Monroe. Visit monroeccc.edu.

Compiled by Jocelynn Brown