Continuing Dr. King’s Legacy

Posted: 01/15/16

It goes without question that 1983 was a victorious year in American history. Civil Rights advocates all over the nation were celebratory of the federal government’s decision to recognize Dr. King’s monumental strides for civil rights as a national holiday. After 33 years, his legacy continues to live in Detroit. Here is a list of events happening along the corridor. We are confident you will put this day off, to good use!

Dr. Martin Luther King Day Festivities

Central United Methodist Church:

Located at the corner of East Adams and Woodward Avenue, Central United Methodist Church will be showcasing music and poetry acts over a community meal. Following fellowship, there will be a rally and march.

Time: Noon – 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
Address: 23 E. Adams Ave., Detroit MI 48226

Charles H Wright Museum:

The 16th Annual Commemorative Breakfast starts a full day of celebration. Activities for children and adults alike will keep everyone engaged. In addition to all of the fun festivities, the “No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting,” exhibition will be opening!

Time: Breakfast 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM, MLK Celebration 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Cost: Breakfast – $35, MLK Celebration – Free
Address: 315 E Warren Ave., Detroit MI 48202

Wayne State University Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Luncheon:

Civil Rights leader and New York Times Best Seller, Van Jones, will be speaking at Wayne State University’s Annual MLK Tribute at the Max. M. Fisher. Shuttles will be available from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Proceeds from the program and luncheon will go towards “Adopt-A-Classroom.”

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost: Program – $10, Program and Luncheon – $65
Address: 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI 48201

Third Annual Martin Luther King, Bike Ride:

Grab your helmet and bike before joining Tour de Troit for a 10 mile legacy bike ride! Participants will meet at Wayne State’s McGregor Memorial Conference Center. Be sure to register first, as it’s a requirement to participate!

Time: 10:00 AM (Ride Take Off)
Cost: Free
Address: 495 W Ferry Ave., Detroit MI 48202

Detroit Historical Museum:

The museum will host a series of performances in celebration of Dr. King’s 87th Birthday.  Visitors will also be able to share their dreams on the community wall! The free event is all about “Bringing the Dream to Life.”

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Cost: Free
Address: 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Detroit Film Theater:

King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery To Memphis documents Dr. King’s work around the country as a civil rights hero. Footage of speeches, conversations with other movement visionaries, and protests are all highlighted in the film!

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
Address: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI 48202

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