Martin Luther King Day holiday events

The Detroit News


The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last public appearance at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968.


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


Martin Luther King Celebration at Eastern Michigan University:Friday: 17th annual Color of Drums Poetry Celebration, 7 p.m. Free. Saturday: 3:30 p.m. Showing of “Selma,” followed by discussion at 5:45 p.m. Student Auditorium. Free. Sunday: 3-4:30 p.m. Campus-Community Conversation. Room 310 A/B, Student Center. Speaker: Dr. Doris Fields, EMU director of undergraduate studies and communications professor. Monday: 7:30-8:45 a.m. MLK Day Morning Coffee, free continental breakfast. Student Center, Room 300. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: MLK President’s Luncheon. Speaker: Joy-Ann Reid, host of “AM Joy,” on MSNBC. Visit for tickets. Tuesday: 7 p.m. Closing Celebration at EMU vs. Akron men’s basketball game. Convocation Center.


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 E. Pike, Pontiac.


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 Highway, Southfield. Call (248) 356-1020.

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

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.

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.

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. Cupcakes available to celebrate what would have been King’s 89th birthday. Free. Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward, Midtown Detroit.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemorative Breakfast: 8 a.m., followed by 9 a.m. program featuring the Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr., James and Berta Laney, with special guests the Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson, Tiffany Jones, Franklin Wilkerson. $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. featuring musical performances, arts and crafts, children’s workshops, storytelling, video tributes, displays of Martin and Coretta Scott King artifacts and the openings of two new exhibits: “I Found God in Myself: A Celebration of Dr. Ntozake Shange’s for Colored Girls” and “Art from Detroit’s Collections.”Activities are included in museum admission: $8 adults; $5 for 62-plus and youth 3-12; free for members and those 11 and younger. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren, Detroit. (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.

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. 3200 E. Lafayette.

Let Freedom Ring: Happy Birthday Dr. King event sponsored by the Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project. Honorees: South African archbishop and civil rights activist Desmond Tutu, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel and Detroit News columnist Bankole Thompson. Performances by Grammy-winning singers Anthony Hamilton and Melanie Fiona. Free. 4:30 p.m. Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit. Register:

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. 2131 Beaufait, Detroit. Register:

Compiled by Jocelynn Brown