Events across Michigan are being held to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be held on Monday, January 17, in remembrance of the murdered civil rights activist.
King was the head of nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which anti-racial discrimination sparked in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, although it wasnt officially observed in all 50 states until 2000.
Many of the anticipated events were held on the internet last year due to the COVID-19 epidemic, but this year there are both in-person and virtual events to consider.
Here's a breakdown of MLK Day events happening across Michigan by region:
The African American Museum of Grand Rapids
The theme of this presentation is based on Randal M. Jelks, a local author and professor at the University of Kansas.
The free event is scheduled for 2 p.m. at 87 Monroe Center Street NW. Registration is required and additional information can be found on Eventbrite.
West Michigan Urban League
The Urban League of West Michigan in Grand Rapids is hosting its MLK Corporate Breakfast virtually Monday, January 17.
To register and purchase tickets for the event by credit card, to make a payment via check.
The MLK Memorial at the Grand Rapids Community
Cheryl Brown Henderson, the daughter of the Brown vs. Board of Education namesake, will perform at West Michigan's 36th annual event commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The free, virtual program will be hosted at Grand Valley State University, Davenport University, and Grand Rapids Community College. Those interested canto retrieve a Zoom link to the webinar.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we had a free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.
On Monday, four Grand Rapids organizations will gather to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations to residents to increase the vaccination rate among the Black community, while enhancing awareness about the positive effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Residents age five and older can get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brown-Hutcherson Ministries, 618 Jefferson Ave. SE. To pre-register online, or simply walk in and register on-site the day of the event. COVID safety guidelines will be enforced, including mask mandates and social distancing.
MLK at the Movies
Celebration Cinema is partnering with the NAACP of Greater Grand Rapids to provide an opportunity to watch the documentary "Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union," available on Monday, January 17 and Tuesday, January 18, at Studio Park's Celebration Cinema, 123 Ionia Ave. SW.
The three-part documentary series will be shown on Monday at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Part I & II) and Tuesday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m. (Part III), with a discussion to follow.
The January Series at Calvin University
On Monday, Jan. 17, LaTasha Morrison will perform "Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation," in the honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 12:30 p.m. in the Covenant Fine Arts Center, 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE, at Calvin University.
Ferris State University
The Office of Multicultural Student Services of Ferris State invites the community to come out for its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which includes an address by Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, civil rights activist and Freedom Rider.
The public can register at the 1010 Campus Drive in Big Rapids from 4 to 7 p.m.
The Holland Museum is a walking museum in the Netherlands.
Participate in a scavenger hunt, learn about experts from different backgrounds, create a make-and-take heart dreamcatcher, or paint a stone of hope during the free MLK Day festivities at the Holland Museum on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MLK Day of Service
The Community Service-Learning Center in Grand Valley State, in partnership with the MLK executive planning committee, is inviting the community to participate in the MLK Day of Service and Solidarity Wednesday, January 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Activities include a keynote speaker, service projects, lunch, and workshops.
Aquinas College is located at the Aquinas College.
On Monday, January 17, the federal holiday will begin with a welcome and a blessing at 10 a.m. outside the entrance to the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, 1703 Robinson Rd. SE.
A screening and a discussion of the film, Just Mercy, will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the Wege Ballroom with complimentary snacks and Mosby's popcorn.
The Muskegon Museum of Art
On Monday, Jan. 17, the Muskegon Museum of Art will have a free community event to honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1 to 3:30 pm.
The event will be held in-person, focusing on MHS student docents, and engaging in an interactive exhibit and a film screening of Black Man throughout the day. The auditorium, located at 296 W. Webster Ave., will be open at 11:30 a.m., 21:30 p.m., and will be open until 3:30 p.m.
United Way of the Lakeshore
United Way is encouraging Muskegon residents to volunteer in distributing COVID-19 care kits for homeless families and homebound seniors starting at 11 a.m. on Monday in the Burel Center, 412 E. Sherman Blvd., in Muskegon Heights. Masks are required to volunteer regardless of vaccination status. Click to volunteer
Documentary on Up from the Bottoms
On Monday, January 17, at 17:00 p.m. in the Burrel Center, 412 E. Sherman Blvd., in Muskegon Heights, United Way of the Lakeshore will be screening the documentary "Up From the Bottom: The Search for the American Dream."
The film is based on the personal stories of African-Americans who migrated north in the 1940's and 90's to Muskegon's war factories. Masks are required. To reserve a seat for the film, click here.
The MLK Dinner in Muskegon Supper House & Pathfinders
On Monday, Jan. 17, at the Supper Club on the campus of Temple United Methodist Church, 2500 Jefferson St. in Muskegon Heights, Supper House and Pathfinders will host a ceremony and a free dinner and dessert.
The Community Foundation of Muskegon County
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation will provide a virtual presentation for the National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m.
Masks are required, but to see at home, visit the museum.
The Conviction of Lady Lorraine
Dwandra Nickole Lampkin, a professional basketball player at Western Michigan University, has written and performed an original one-woman play. The play is set in Memphis, Tennessee, near the motel in which King was murdered.
On the campus of Kalamazoo College, the Nelda K. Balch Playhouse, 129 Thompson St., will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 14-15.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Northside Ministerial Alliance 36th Annual
Beth Washington, vice president of community, health, equity, and inclusion at Bronson, will speak as the keynote speaker.
The event will be held on Sunday, January 16, at 4 p.m. in Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson St.
Teach-In on MLK Day
In one-hour sessions, the theme The time is always right to do what is right, will be engraved with the Rev. Min Mochizuki who was responsible for bringing Dr. King to Western Michigan University in 1963.
The event takes place in the South ballroom of WMU's Bernhard Center, 1903 W. Michigan Ave. on Monday, January 17th.
Day of service in a Community Wide is now a day.
At eight different locations across the country, volunteer opportunities were made available on Monday, January 17, and throughout the day. if you wish to volunteer, you may be able to volunteer.
MLK wreath-laying ceremony is expected in 2022.
At Martin Luther King Memorial Park, 507 N. Rose Street, there will be an annual wreath-laying ceremony to honor Dr. King.
Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner in Broncos Kitchen Foundation is free.
On Monday, January 17, there will be a free lunch for food-related college students at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
The menu will consist of rotisserie chicken, baby back ribs, a veggie dish, macaroni and cheese, yams, collard greens, cornbread, and desserts. All guests are required to wear a mask before entering the clubhouse.
The Sixth Annual National Day of Racial Healing
TRHT Kalamazoo (Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation) and the Kalamazoo State Theatre are partnering to create a live stream that will be broadcast from the stage of the Kalamazoo State Theatre. The theme for 2022 is Our Joy Matters: Healing Across Generations.
Watch online on Tuesday, January 18, at 5 p.m. from or.
The Social Justice Youth Awards
At the city commission meeting on Tuesday, January 18, at 7 p.m. on the.
The MLK Symposium at the University of Michigan is the culmination of a research session.
Maria Hinojosa and Rashad Richey, a well-known journalist and commentator, will co-head the annual on Monday, January 17.
The theme for this year's free public event is This is America. Those interested can attend the lecture in-person or at 10 a.m. at Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave.
MLK Day Circle of Unity at the Diag in Ann Arbor
This weekend, Jan. 17, event brings together students, faculty, and community members to remember King's legacy through song, dancing, and the spoken word.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 913 S. University Ave., from 3-4 p.m.
MLK, Militarism, and the Future
Members of Veterans For Peace-93 and the UM Office of Veterans and Military Services will examine King's concepts and ideologies of racism, militarism, and military service.
The event will be held at 911 N. University in the Hussey Room (Michigan League) on January 17th.
The EMU MLK Celebration will be held in 2022.
After day two of the conference, Eastern Michigan University is offering a slew of events: a virtual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Kickoff, a MLK Academics Programs Conference, a virtual CloseUp Theatre Troupe Performance & Discussion.
For more information on the upcoming events, visit.
Washtenaw Community College presents MLK Day Celebration on Sunday.
For a virtual event, please go to the WCC website. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is invited to come to the event on Thursday, January 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
The MLK Day of Service in the Barton Nature Area
Preservation of Ann Arbor, a Natural Area, is preparing a day of service for community members to help the local community in cleaning up the nature area.
Attendees will meet from 1-3 p.m. Monday, January 17, at the Barton Dam, 1010 W. Huron River Drive. Warm clothes, closed-toed shoes, and is required.
The Ann Arbor District Library Celebrates MLK Day
The Ann Arbor District Library will perform every top of the hour on Monday, January 17, from 10:00 to 8 p.m. Each video is a hand-drawn illustration of a quote from speeches, articles and correspondences delivered throughout Dr. King's life.
Lee Daniels The Butler is shown on MLK Day for the screening.
A story about an African American butler who served eight U.S. presidents for three decades has been shown online at the Chelsea District Library.
On Monday, January 17, participants will be invited to an online screening from 5:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Multi-Cultural Concert at Chelsea First United Methodist Church
On Sunday, January 16, there will be a multi-cultural concert in Chelsea, home to Rev. Darryl Toddy.
For in-person attendance, masks will be required, and the event will also be live streamed for those interested in attending virtually. To watch online, visit Chelsea First United Methodist Church's YouTube page, or click.
Today is the MLK Day of Service and Social Action.
On Monday, January 17, a nonprofit organization organized by Chelsea One World One Family will host a school and art fundraiser for refugee families.
Masks will be required. For more information on the event, visit.
The 43rd Annual MLKing tribute
On Thursday, January 13, Mott Community College, Hamilton Community Health, the Flint Jewish Federation, Baker College, Kettering University, and the University of Michigan-Flint will present a virtual MLK tribute.
Individual admission is $2, and event sponsorship is $300 (admits 10). Register at. For more information, call 810-762-0425.
The 16th Annual Mentoring Inspiration Celebration
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint & Genesee County is inviting the community for its virtual 16th Annual Mentoring Inspiration Celebration on Monday, January 17th.
For more information, please contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters office at 810-235-0617. Those interested in joining the virtual event are encouraged to RSVP by Friday, January 14.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored in a vaccination clinic.
On Monday, January 17, at the Vernon Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 5802 Dupont St., in Flint, the church intends to host a vaccination clinic.
In-home vaccinations and boosters are available for adults and children ages 12 and older, according to the news release.
For further information, contact the church office at 810-785.5721.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is held at Martin Luther King Jr.
The Flint Institute of Arts, in collaboration with the Flint Public Library, celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy with a virtual celebration on Monday, February 17.
Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, a keynote speaker at Michigan State University and a director of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions, will join the virtual event. Visit the community foundation of Greater Flint, a program emcee Rev. Moses Bingham.
The Youth for Change Initiative for MLK Day is a 10th annual event.
According to the school's event flyer, Teach 2 Reach Professional School of Barbering, 3268 Cheyenne Ave., will host a free clipper class from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, January 17.
For a class experience, call the 810-820-8201.
Diversity Celebration in MLK, 2022
The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual in-person event on Friday, January 14, to commemorate King's legacy. The event takes place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and features Spring Arbor University graduate and award-winning gospel music artist Babbie Mason as the keynote speaker.
Tickets are on sale for $65 per person. To purchase, visit.
Virtual event: The King Day Panel Discussion on Implicit Bias, How They See Us
On Monday, January 17, the Offices of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity, Equity and Belonging will hold a virtual panel discussion on how implicit bias can have lasting effects on people's lives.
The discussion is free and open to all ages. To watch and visit.
MLK Day of Service and Art Contest
On Monday, January 17, there was a Day of Service and Art Contest scheduled to take place in person at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, but due to the rise of COVID-19, the commemoration event is now being held online.
The event is free and open to the public. To join this online event, visit.
The MLK Program at the Ella Sharp Museum
On Saturday, January 15, the Ella Sharp Museum will be hosting a conference at 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event will consist of new Mayor Daniel Mahoney as keynote speaker, and Diane Washington, the founder of a nonprofit youth organization, Young People of Purpose, will present her newly released coloring book.
The free event is open to the public and will take place at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, California.
MLK Day celebration in Downtown Saginaw
The event will kick off at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, starting at the corner of Hayden and Franklin. Participants will walk to The Dow Event Center, where an 11 a.m. program will honor King as well as three Saginaw leaders who represent the Civil Rights icon's legacy.
Tickets for The Dow Event Center are still available for $40. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please contact (989) 860-4146.
SVSU 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Celebration
The Saginaw Valley State University has partnered with regional organizations, chambers of commerce, and community organizations to present the 13th annual event, featuring a Q&A, and the MLK Scholarship Awards and the regional Drum Major Awards.
The event, which has been moved to a fully-online format, is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Jan. 19. For more information, visit a Facebook page.
The MLK Day of Celebration will be celebrated in 2022.
The MLK Day of Celebration, which is expected to be held in 2022, is recognizing the 65th anniversary of the Little Rock Crisis. Four of the nine students, known as the Little Rock Nine, volunteered in 1957 to desegregate one of the nation's largest all-white high schools, will be interviewed by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan will be broadcast on Monday, January 17 from 7-8 p.m. on WILX TV 10-NBC and WLNS TV 6-CBS, and on the commissions website and YouTube channel. The event will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 12:30 p.m., on ELAJ TV CW-5, and on Sunday, January 23, 5 p.m., on WLAJ TV 53-ABC
This story has been updated so that it includes further events.
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