CLOSE – Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 18 and a host of events across the metro Detroit area remind people to volunteer and honor the civil rights leader’s vision.

Bloomfield Hills

    – The Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills will host a candlelight walk in honor of MLK. Particpants will also prepare and package 10,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger.

    – Date/Time: Monday, Jan. 18- starts at 4 p.m. with candlelight vigil at 6:50 p.m.

    – Location: Roeper Community Center 41190 Woodward Ave.

    – There is no cost to attend

    For more information call 248-203-7302 or visit .



      – Troy Athens High School hosts a Celebration of Freedom, which features a performance by the Troy Honors Choir, readings from student essay winners, a student art exhibit and a unity walk.

      – Date/Time: Monday, Jan. 18, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

      – Location:Troy Athens High School, 4333 John R. Rd.

      – There is no cost and participants receive free breakfast

      For more information, call 248-524-1147 or visit the Troy school district Web site .


      Sterling Heights

        – The 5th annual MLK Community Fellowship Breakfast at Penna’s, featuring skits by the children of the Ministerial Alliance Mass Choir and keynote speaker Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel.

        – Date/Time: Monday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. – 12p.m.

        – Location: Penna’s of Sterling Heights, 38400 Van Dyke

        – Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children – includes an all-day field trip in June to Henry Ford Greenfield Village

        For more information call 586-791-4530


        Southfield, Berkley and Lathrup Village

          – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. presentation by Ms. Donzaleigh Abernathy and book signing

          – Date/Time: Saturday Jan. 16, 1p.m. – 3 p.m.

          – Location: Millenium Theatre in Southfield, 15600 J. L. Hudson Drive

          – There is no cost to attend

          For more information visit the City of Southfield’s Web site or call 248-827-9119 or 248- 752-7549.


            – The 25th annual MLK Peace Walk

            Date/Time: Monday Jan. 18, 9:30 a.m. with a program at the Southfield Pavilion at 11a.m.

            – Location: Hope United Methodist Church, 26275 Northwestern Highway

            – There is no cost to attend

            For more information visit the City of Southfield’s Web site or call 248-827-9119 or 248- 752-7549.



              – African American History Through Artist Eyes, an award-winning interactive program featuring Robert Jones and Matt Watroba in concert, Kevin Collins dance and drumming and artwork by local students.

              – Date/Time: Monday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m.

              – Location:The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Rd.

              – There is no cost to attend this event.

              For more information call 734-394-5300 or visit the theater’s Web site .



                – Various events including a reading of Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar by Kathleen Krull with illustrations by Yuyi Morales.

                – Date/Time: Monday Jan. 18, 2 p.m.

                – Location: Farmington Community Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd.

                – There is no cost to attend

                Call 248-553-0300 for more information or visit the library Web site .


                Milford / Highland

                  – March on Main Street

                  – Date/Time: Monday, Jan. 18 — line up: 12:15 p.m.; march begins 1:00 p.m.

                  – Location: Prospect HIll Shopping Center, 516 Highland Ave.

                  – There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

                  More information available here .

                  Milford / Highland

                    – Community Volunteer Fair at Milford High School, following the March on Main Street, featuring local charities and non-profits.

                    – Date/Time: Monday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

                    – Location: Milford High School, 2380 Milford Rd.

                    – There is no cost to attend but organizations must register .

                    More information available here .



                      – 2010 Detroit MLK Day March and Rally featuring Detroit city councilwoman JoAnn Watson, Rev. Edward Pinkney and Rev. Tom Smith.

                      – Date/Time: Jan 18, 12 p.m – 4:30 p.m.

                      – Location: Central United Methodist Church, 23 East Adams at Woodward

                      – There is no cost to attend, but participants are urged to bring a donation of warm winter wear items for the Homeless Outreach Program at Central United Methodist Church.

                      Call 313-702-5558 or visit this for more information.


                      Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History


                        – 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemorating the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through performances, movies, lectures and workshops that explore the history of grassroots activism.

                        – Date/Time: Monday Jan. 18, 7:30 a.m – 7:00 p.m. Breakfast Celebration from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

                        – Location: 315 East Warren Ave.

                        – Activities free with museum admission, Breakfast Celebration: $35 Non-members/$30 Members

                        – Tickets to the breakfast must be purchased before January 15. Call 313-494-5853.

                        Click here for a list of events and to purchase breakfast tickets.


                        Wayne State University


                          – Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Dr. Benjamin Carson.

                          – Date/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

                          – Location: Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave.

                          – Cost: $65 for lunch and program; $10 for program only – parking is included

                          – Tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit to register or call 313-577-0701.


                          Ypsilanti / Eastern Michigan University

                            – Various events from Jan 15-19

                            – See for complete event details.


                            Macomb Community College

                              – Martin Luther King Day Celebration featuring keynote speaker Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes.

                              – Date: Monday, Jan 18.

                              – Locations:

                              *Center Campus: 11:30 a.m. at the Lorenzo Cultural Center in Clinton Township, 44575 Garfield Rd.

                              *South Campus: 2 p.m. at the John Lewis Student Community Center in Warren, 14500 E. 12 Mile Rd.

                              – To RSVP for either the Center or South Campus program call 586-445-7897 or email , remembering to note which location you will be attending.

                              For more information, call 248-827-9119 or 248-752-7549 or visit .


                              Ann Arbor / University of Michigan

                                – 24th Annual MLK Symposium

                                – Varous events from January 12-31

                                See the symposium page for a full schedule.


                                United Way of Southeastern Michigan

                                  – National Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service

                                  – Date: Monday, Jan 18.

                                  – Locations: Volunteers can register to work at 20 different sites on a first come first serve basis.

                                  For more information, call 248-204-2416 or e-mail .


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