The legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be acknowledged and celebrated all weekend at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The Museum will host a variety of events, which align with social justice components of Dr. King's life's work, in the weekend stretching between King's actual birth date and the national holiday created in his honor.
Schedule of Events:
16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorative Breakfast
Monday, January 18 at 8 AM (Doors at 7 AM)
Join us for a rousing meal for the body, mind and spirit at the 16th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorative Breakfast! This fundraiser, with the theme,"Stand for What Matters," features a keynote address by Reverend Dr. Nicholas Hood, III and performances by The Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice Dance Team, The Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College, and singer Savannah Fisher. Reverend Dr. Nicholas Hood, II will serve as Honorary Chair.
Doors open at 7 am and seating is on a first come, first served basis; valet parking will be available. Breakfast is from 8 - 9 am in the Ford Freedom Rotunda followed by a program in the General Motors Theater. $35/$30 for groups of 10. Find tickets and more information here.
MLK DAY Celebration 2016
Monday, January 18 from 9 AM - 6 PM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is The Wright Museum's busiest day of the year - and with good reason! It's an exciting day of celebration that includes children's workshops, arts and crafts, musical performances, storytelling, video tributes, special displays of MLK and Coretta Scott King artifacts, and much, much more! Opening will be the museum's newest exhibition, No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting. Drawn from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl, No Boundaries features the work of nine trailblazing artists, knowledgeable in every aspect of Aboriginal ceremonial traditions. Free and open to the public.
Featured MLK Day Events
[all activities & exhibits included in museum admission]:
10 AM - 3 PM: Children's activities & workshops
11 AM: University Prep Science & Math Middle School Student Presentations & Performances
11 AM - 4 PM: Green Humanity Café | Games, Healthy Foods & More!
12 PM: Black Lives Matter Panel Discussion Civil Rights in the 21st Century Panel Discussion Dr. Stephen Ward, Moderator; panelists include Tawana Petty, Sterling Toles, and Danielle Atkinson
12 PM: "This Little Light of Mine" Children's Storytelling '
2 PM: Detroit Children's Choir Performance
3:30 PM: "Legacy of King in the Age of Obama" Lecture | Jamon Jordan, Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Detroit
4 PM: Music of the Movement Performance featuring Mosaic Youth Theatre
And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History & Culture: the museum's core exhibition
Civil Rights films on continual rotation in the Orientation Theater, The Table of Brotherhood & a scale model of the King National Memorial in Washington D.C. all on display!
Free health screenings courtesy of Henry Ford Health System
The Charles H. Wright Museum is located at 315 E. Warren Ave. in Detroit. For more information, visit www.thewright.org