Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday events


Ann Arbor NANBPWC Inc. 32nd Annual MLK Holiday Ball, doors open, 6 p.m., program, 7 p.m. Dinner and dance featuring Jeffrey G. Collins, former judge and U.S. Attorney, as keynote speaker. $60. Sheraton Ann Arbor, 3200 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor. Visit


March on Main Street, 12:15 p.m. lineup begins. 1 p.m. brief presentation and performance of the national anthem and a march down Main Street, ending at the Suzanne Haskew Arts Center (the SHAC) on Milford’s south side. Prospect Hill, downtown Milford. Visit

Sunday / Monday

Beyond the Dream, a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration with the Rev. Jesse Jackson. 5 p.m. (both days). Special guests include U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, the Rev. Solomon Kinloch, and the Rev. Wendell Anthony. Featured guests will be gospel artists Marvin Sapp (Sunday) and J. Moss (Monday), recording artist Tony Henry, Martin Luther King III and Cass Technical High Schools Performing Arts Students. Free. The Atrium at Cobo Center. One Washington, Detroit.


MLK Day Commemorative Breakfast, 7 a.m. doors open, 8 a.m. breakfast served. This fundraiser, themed “Stand for What Matters,” features the Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III as keynote speaker, and a performance by the Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice Dance Team, The Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College, and singer Savannah Fisher. $30. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Visit

MLK Day Celebration at the CHWMAAH, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. All activities are included in museum admission ($8, $5 ages 62-plus and those 3-12, and free for members and those younger than 3.) Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Visit

“All People’s Breakfast,” 8-10 a.m. Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting, author of a new book on leadership, will speak. Free. Urban League of Detroit & SEM, 208 Mack, Detroit. Visit

“Remembering the Life and Legacy of MLK,” 10 a.m. Hosted by the Archdiocese of Detroit. Reception will follow mass. Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward, Detroit. Visit

MLK Bike Ride, 10 a.m. Pedal for civil rights on Tour de Troit’s 10-mile ride through various Detroit activism sites. Starts at McGregor Memorial Conference Center, 495 Ferry Mall, Detroit. Free. Registration is required. Call (313) 577-2400.

Keeper of the Dream MLK Day Talk/Scholarship Program, 11:30 a.m. Actor LeVar Burton will be the keynote speaker. Oakland University (Oakland Center Banquet Rooms). 2200 N. Squirrell, Rochester. Call (248) 370-2100.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, 9 a.m. The 2016 Americorps Urban Safety Program creates safer pathways to and from school by securing 25 vacant properties for student walks to Detroit’s Pulaski Elementary and Osborn High Schools. Groups are encouraged to attend and register. Osborn High School, 11600 E. Seven Mile, Detroit. Visit

MLK — A Celebration of Freedom, 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the City of Troy and Troy School District. The celebration kicks off with a welcome by Steve Spreitzer, president and CEO of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, followed by a Unity Walk with Troy School District students. Free. Athens High School, 4333 John R., Troy. Call (248) 524-1147.

Race Relations & Diversity Task Force MLK Celebration, 9 a.m. Celebration breakfast begins with a viewing of the short video titled “The Danger of a Single Story,” followed by a panel discussion moderated by Nichole Pardo, a diversity and conflict resolution expert. $30 general, $15 students. The Community House, 380 S. Bates, Birmingham. Call (248) 644-5832 or visit

MLK Day at Henry Ford Museum, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Listen to live music, make crafts and hear the story of Rosa Parks. Free. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. Call (313) 982-6001 or visit

“Bring the Dream to Life,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy with crafts, poetry performances, open mic, cupcakes and singing of Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday” (3:30 p.m. in Wrigley Hall), followed by the “We Shall Overcome” song and more. Free. Parking is $7. Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward. Call (313) 833-1805 or visit

City of Southfield Annual Peace Walk Celebration, 9:30 a.m. Hosted by the City of Southfield and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force. Help carry the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO banner. The walk begins at Hope United Methodist Church, 26275 Northwestern Highway, and proceeds to the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen, both in Southfield. Visit

Detroit Institute of Arts Honors MLK Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the museum will be open. Last day to see the “30 Americans” exhibit. Admission is free, thanks to support from the Ford Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. Visit

Martin Luther King Detroit March & Rally, noon. Presented by the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO. Lunch will be served and a cultural event will follow the march. Free parking. Central United Methodist Church. 23 E. Adams, Detroit. Visit

MLK Day National Day of Service Empty Bowls Project, 4-7 p.m. The event gives participants the opportunity to paint a ceramic bowl as part of the worldwide grass-roots effort to end hunger and food insecurity. (A painted bowl becomes the participant’s “ticket” to the Community Sharing Empty Bowl Project Main Event at Bakers of Milford on May 15.) $15 adults, $10 children and teens. Suzanne Haskew Arts Center (the SHAC) on Milford’s south side. Visit

Compiled by Jocelynn Brown