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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations Across the State 2022

Ann Arbor

University of Michigan MLK Symposium
The University of Michigan is hosting a series of events honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. To see the full details of their events, please visit:



Barton Stewardship Workday - MLK Day of Service
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off." MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." #MLKDay You're invited to help us protect and restore this nature area for the benefit of the whole community. Meet us at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Dr. Register here:


Battle Creek

Presented by Southwestern Michigan Urban League
MLK Celebration is a day of festivities anchored in honoring, reflecting, and celebrating the legacy of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King's principles and practice lay at the core of today's movement for diversity, equity, and inclusion. We take the morning to reflect and deepen our learning. The afternoon is a celebration of advancement of African Americans in business at the Black Expo, promoting Afro entrepreneurship. The evening will commence with a concert celebrating the future advancement of the work. January 17, 2022 from 8 am to 5 pm. Hosted at the Kellogg Arena (1 McCamly Square, Battle Creek, MI 49017).


Big Rapids

Traditional campus activities and a special guest's talk comprise Ferris State University's collaborative Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration schedule beginning Monday, Jan. 17.

The Diversity and Inclusion Office hosts the 28th annual Faculty/Staff Zoom presentation of inspirational readings in Room 202B of the University Center, beginning at 10 a.m. The program theme is "Let Freedom Ring." Interested participants should complete registration by Monday, Jan. 10.

The Office of Multicultural Student Services welcomes 1960s Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland to the celebration. Mulholland's talk, "Living Legends: Advocacy in Action," begins at 5 p.m. in University Center, Room 202A. Preceding the Mulholland presentation is a "March for Freedom, Justice and Equity!" starting at 4 p.m. Marchers will depart from the Rankin Atrium on the lower level of the University Center.

OMSS Assistant Director Darnell Lewis expressed pride in having an icon of the Civil Rights Movement as the featured speaker. In-person seating will be limited to 40 people. RSVPs are required to attend this presentation, aired live via Zoom.

"We feel really great about the opportunity to hear from a living legend who made a difficult, even dangerous choice to advocate," Lewis said. "We hope Joan's message inspires our audience to a similar level of awareness and action in the name of justice and equality as we honor Dr. King."

Celebration activities conclude with the Student Tribute. Students and registered student organizations perform skits, speeches, poems and musical presentations on Wednesday, Jan. 19th at 7 p.m., via Zoom. Lewis is the OMSS contact available for joining the program or receiving more information. His campus phone number is (231) 591-5029.

Those with a disability who may require assistance to attend any element of the celebration schedule can contact the OMSS office by email or call (231) 591-2617 at least 72 hours before the event.


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Don't miss our incredible annual virtual event, commemorating the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). Our Keynote Speaker for 2022 is former United States Ambassador and civil rights activist Andrew Young. Video presentations begin at 9 am and 1 pm EST. Registration is not required. More information:

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
We're celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights leaders who had the extraordinary courage to ask for more from their nation, by offering a free and SAFE day of inspiration at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation on January 17, 2022.

To continually prioritize the safety of our guests and staff, capacity will be limited and monitored at the door. If capacity is reached, please be prepared for entry delays or queues. Reservations are not required at this time.

View the Rosa Parks Bus and listen to the story of her brave act. Make your statement in the interactive program Minds on Freedom, highlighting the contributions of Dr. King, Mrs. Parks and civil rights champions like the Freedom Riders. Then explore the proud and often-challenging evolution of American freedom in the exhibit With Liberty and Justice for All.

The MLK Memorial Ride 2022 is happening at Cullen Plaza, 1340 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207, on January 17 2022 at 01:00 pm to 03:30 pm.

King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis at the Detroit Film Theatre
Jan. 17, 2022 Address: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Time: 1 p.m. Cost: Free
Check out one of the most well-known documentaries depicting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Civil Rights activism. The film is 185 minutes long and includes an intermission.


MLK, Jr. Day: Give Us the Ballot at the Detroit Historical Museum
Jan. 17, 2022 Address: 5401 Woodward, Detroit Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: Free
Visitors can participate in a voter registration project for kids and listen to an expert discuss the importance of registering to vote. Kids will make their own 'mock' voter registration cards and color MLK coloring pages. The event will conclude with cupcakes and a sing-along to Stevie Wonder's Happy Birthday.


From Wayne State University: In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Wayne State's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement, and Wayne Law's Detroit Equity Action Lab are collaborating on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 for the National Day of Healing from Racism. We will host a series of virtual events in an effort to heal the wounds created by racial, ethnic and religious bias and build an equitable and just society where everyone can thrive. To heal from and end racism, we need to tell the truth about past and current wrongs and address the consequences created by individual and systemic racism.

Join us as we support each other in how we are impacted by racism, move toward healing from racism, and build inclusion at our campus community and beyond. #HowWeHeal

Various virtual sessions will be held throughout the day, so registrants are encouraged to participate as their schedule allows. RVSP here.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

To celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, the Flint Institute of Arts is hosting a day of free activities, including keynote speaker Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, Michigan State University's associate dean for Public Health Integration and director of the Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions; performances and an inspiring art project influenced by Dr. King.

When: Jan. 17, 2-5 p.m.

Where: Flint Institute of Arts

Grand Rapids

Hosted by World of Winter 
This free walking tour on January 17, from 6 pm to 7 pm specifically examines the African American population from 1826 until the present: The remarkable people, places, events, issues… The legends and facts about being Black in Grand Rapids. Caroline Cook of Grand Rapids Running Tours will guide you through a maze of touchstones in Downtown that prompt intriguing narrative. First come first serve, 25 person cap. No registration is necessary. Tour meets at Rosa Parks Circle (135 Monroe Center Street Northwest Grand Rapids, MI, 49503). Can't make it? Take a self-guided tour using the GR Walks app.
We Are LIT, in partnership with Grand Rapids African American Museum presents: Considering Spirituality as Praxis for Democracy, based on the book Letters to Martin (January 11, 2022, Chicago Review Press) by Randal M. Jelks, Ph.D. Jelks will be joined in conversation by Dr. Eric M. Washington, Professor of History and Director of African and African Diaspora Studies Program at Calvin University. Be our guest on Saturday, January 15, at 2 p.m. at Grand Rapids African American Museum for a thoughtful conversation around:
  • Democracy as a spiritual habit
  • Sustaining democratic struggle and the right to protest in the face of collective entrenchment of state and national policies
  • Encouraging Millennials and Gen-Z in the wake of global and societal challenges
  • Gender identities and roles as they affect working lives and domestic spaces of men and women in the quest for more expansive democracy

A book signing will follow. (Please be advised that the author will only sign books at this event purchased from We Are LIT).

This event is free but registration is required. Attendees must wear a mask while inside the Museum.

GVSU is holding a series of events commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. To see their events, please visit here

Cooley Law is hosting an event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A Community Conversation's Panel Discussion: Voter Suppression and Voter Protections.

Civil Rights and Voter Protection attorneys Mark Brewer, Goodman Acker, P.C. and Harold Pope, Dykema Gossett PLLC will lead the virtual panel discussion on Tuesday, January 18 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (EST). View the panel here.


The Holland Museum
Join us for our annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During this free day, enjoy crafts in the Spark!Lab Smithsonian in addition to our winter-themed STEAM activities. Watch and listen to Innocademy students recite MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech and recordings from the National Civil Rights Museum. Wander the galleries with a scavenger hunt looking for interesting facts about inventors of color. Martin Luther King, Jr. scavenger hunt participants will be entered to win a children's book about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and his teachings.

Starting at 11:00 a.m., there will be a children's book read aloud by one of our celebrity readers to visitors each hour ending at 4:00 p.m.

Visitors will receive activity pages and resources to take home to extend Dr. King's lessons into their daily lives. Gallery scavenger hunt, and activity packets to take home.

Monday, January 17 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Located at 31 W. 10th Street, Holland, MI 49423.



In the afternoon please join The City of Kalamazoo for a Laying of the Wreath Ceremony to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The ceremony will be held at MLK Park located at 507 North Rose Street at 4:40pm. Hot beverages will be provided by Coffee Rescue.  

The City of Kalamazoo presents a Social Justice Youth Award on honor of Dr. Lewis Walker, a trailblazer for the progression of racial equity in Kalamazoo. Additional awards are presented by the program sponsors. Winners also receive a $300 scholarship. The Dr. Lewis Walker Award is sponsored by CSM Group. 

The winners will be recognized by the City Commission as part of events commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the City Commission Meeting on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.


The Western Michigan University is holding a series of events. To view their events, please visit



Join us in celebrating and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 17 for a Free Community Day at the Muskegon Museum of Art. Explore the galleries with MHS student docents, engage through an exhibition interactive on this special day, and watch a film screening of 'Black Man' throughout the day.
11:30am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm | 'Black Man' Screening in Auditorium
1-3 pm | Muskegon High School AP Art Student Docents in the Galleries


Saginaw Valley State University is hosting a virtual fireside chat with Dr. Condoleezza Rice in conjunction with their MLK Day events, which is a free event, but registration is required.


St. Clair

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of St. Clair County Community College is inviting you to join the 20th Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as we celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 17, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theater. This annual event is sure to be impactful with something for everyone to enjoy. To register, please send an email to



City Hall doors will open at 8:30 a.m. The program is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. and will include inspiring messages from Mayor William R. Wild as well as other state and local elected officials. Wayne County Sheriff Raphael "Ray" Washington will deliver the Keynote Address. Light refreshments will be provided by the Westland Police Community Partnership Committee.


7th Annual African American Film Series

Enjoy an evening with movies, art and great food. The January showing of the African American Film Series showcases "Finding Fellowship": a film detailing how three racially segregated Methodist churches merged into one following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To register for the showing, find more information here.  When: Jan. 13, 5:30-9 p.m. Where: Virtual

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Commission of Mid-Michigan Day of Celebration will be on January 17, 2022, at 7 pm aired on WILX News 10 and WLNS TV-6 (CBS).

This year's theme is: "In the long run, justice finally must spring from a new moral climate." words written by Martin Luther King Jr. to President Eisenhower requesting federal assistance with school integration in Little Rock Arkansas.

On September 4, 1957, nine black students enrolled at the formerly all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Their enrollment in the school was made possible because of the landmark Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional. We will be celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine, with members Ernest Green, Carlotta Lanier, Minnijean Brown-Trickey and Mr. Terrance Roberts.

For more information and updates, please visit


You are invited to the City of Lansing's Human Relations & Community Services Department's 42nd Annual Memorial Observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., happening this Friday, January 14th! The event will be held via zoom at 12 p.m. Link:

The Urban League of West Michigan is having a virtual breakfast. Every year our Breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service and be inspired to live out his dream today in our homes, the community and throughout the world.  It is also a time to celebrate and honor trailblazing leaders in business and throughout the community who personify the Urban League's mission of a more just, peaceful, equitable and thriving Grand Rapids. 

We look forward to celebrating with you. To register and purchase tickets for the event by credit card, click here. If you'd prefer to pay by check, please register here.  We thank you for your virtual presence and your continued support of this important event which makes the work of the Urban League possible. Like Dr. King, the Urban League believes that America's true strength lies in its diversity of talents and we welcome the opportunity to serve as the bridge joining both hearts and minds to accomplish the ultimate dream. 


Central Michigan University Detroit Office is proud to partner with The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for The Black History Literacy Project kicking off on MLK Day - Monday, Jan. 17 at noon.

For the second year in a row, CMU alumni, students and faculty/staff will read live via Zoom to K-3 students on MLK Day. This year, the project resumes every Monday throughout Black History Month.

All live readings will be rebroadcast on the CMU Charters and MCACA social media platforms.

This event is free and open to the public.

Find more info here.

Join the Zoom here.


New Detroit joins the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's 6th annual National Day of Racial Healing. 

Date: January 18, 2022  

Time: 1:00 p.m. 

Virtual Event: Facebook and Streamed on WDIV/ClickOnDetroit

Taking place in cities across the U.S., multiple organizations will host virtual gatherings to learn together and celebrate our common humanity. New Detroit will premiere a new video featuring conversations on race with community leaders. We are sharing a sneak peek of the video with all of you to help us to spread the word about the premiere. As a request, please invite your colleagues and friends to watch this video on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and share the information about premiere for the National Day of Racial Healing.  

Click here to watch: CONVERSATION ON RACE  

Please join Wayne State University for their Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute. It will be shown at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, January 17 on  It also can be viewed on Monday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Comcast Cable Channel 900.