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Posted on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 12:06 p.m.

Many events planned to celebrate legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Ann Dwyer


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A number of events are planned in the area to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21. Following are some highlights. (To add an item, email


• The local chapter of NANBPWC presents its annual dinner ball.


• This year's University of Michigan theme semester is the Understanding Race Project. As part of the theme semester, a number of events are taking place under the umbrella of an MLK Symposium, primarily on Monday. Among the highlights are speeches by Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center (Hill Auditorium, 10 a.m.) and activist/educator Angela Davis (Michigan Union, 2 p.m.) on Monday. Find a roundup of other MLK events at U-M and Eastern Michigan University here, and find details on the U-< theme semester here.

• Among other highlights at U-M is the Michigan Community Scholars Program's Circle of Unity on the Diag from 3-4 p.m. The event will feature folk singer Josh White Jr., slam poets, a step show, and the traditional Anishinaabe group Miskwaasiniing Nagamojig: The Swamp Singers.

• Dr. Steve L. Robbins will speak at the U-M Business & Finance Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation at Rackham Auditorium, U-M. His theme is Imagine the Possibilities. What if…?

• Enjoy American Roots Music at the Ypsilanti District Library - Michigan Ave.

• The Mosaic Youth Theatre Of Detroit will present an MLK Day Concert at Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown (main) Branch.

• The U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance will put on a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at the Power Center.

• There will be a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker Road.

• Take in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads & MLK Day Event: Prof. Roy E Finkenbine: Searching for Jordan Anderson: A Personal Journey Into Race And Slavery In America at the Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown (main) Branch.

• Hear some of the city's musical royalty perform in From Cass Corridor to the World: A Tribute to Detroit’s Musical Golden Age at Hill Auditorium.

Chelsea's Martin Luther King Jr. observance


• Zingerman's Roadhouse will hold The Jemima Code: Great Cooks Share Their Secrets with special guest Toni Tipton-Martin, who is also speaking as part of the Understanding Race Project.

• University of Michigan panel discussion: "Gay Rights: A Civil Rights Success Story?"

• Community Conversations are offered as part of the Understanding Race Project. January’s community conversation held at Sunward Cohousing is titled: Colorblind: How not seeing “color” actually hinders justice and equality. It will also be held Wednesday at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center.

• Learn about Race and Art: A Case Study from Winslow Homer at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.



Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 8:16 p.m.

I still don't get why there is a MLK holiday! What's the big deal of it, another day off from school and work???


Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 5:40 a.m.

Sorry but there are no African Americans unless your over one hundred yeas old. If somone was born in America the are Americans! And all AMERICA'S no matter what color or where threy're family came from have all the same rights. It's just that there are a few that want to sit back and whine because of what might have happed to family member 100 years ago and think they should be able to get more rights doing less then other's! I'm sure you get my point, but read fast because I'm sure I will get deleted!!!


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 6:10 p.m.

It is a big deal because Martin Luther King successfully led a nonviolent movement to let African American's fully enjoy the rights of American citizenship.


Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 10:18 p.m.



Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 12:27 p.m.

Why wait until Monday to celebrate? Washtenaw county employees start on Friday. Yes, my fellow citizens, they get Friday off as well as Monday in honor of MLK .

Joe Kidd

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 3:47 a.m.

I do not want to hear anything about what the UM is doing in re to Dr. King. The Univ of Michigan is one of the few institutions left that has not made MLK Day an official holiday. Classes are cancelled but staff have to work. Seems two faced with their quest for diversity.


Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 5:03 a.m.

what would you know about it


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 5:52 p.m.

For those who mocked or couldn't understand why New Hope Baptist wouldn't want a dog park next door, consider attending an event or two.


Sun, Jan 20, 2013 : 2:23 a.m.

@Jimmy, if there is any discussion of the events that occurred in Birmingham, Alabama on May 3, 1963, there almost certainly will be facts revealed that would shed light on this subject. It was a pivotal moment that led to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. See for details.


Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 10:20 p.m.

Black people historically don't like dogs? And why would attending MLK day events help me understand that exactly? Is there is speaker who is going to talk about this?


Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 12:52 p.m.

@ YpsiGirl: Yes, I was aware of that, and that was my point. There were numerous comments on the dog park/church articles that were clueless as to why a black congregation wouldn't want a dog park next door. My comment was suggesting that the same people who aren't aware of the historical reasons as to why that's the case could benefit from attending some MLK Day presentations. I'm not holding my breath. The same people who took such a derisive view towards the church and its reasoning for not wanting the dog park next door would be the last ones to attend MLK Day presentations.


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 8 p.m.

Northside, I believe New Hope is an African Methodist Episcopal Church, but don't let that important detail stop your rant....


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 7:50 p.m.

Great idea! I'll bring my dog, who is actually more colorblind than the people going to these events


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 6:19 p.m.

Agreed. After reading a few of those comments a few atheists certainly could use a lecture in tolerance and equality.