5 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Here's how to get educated and pay your respects to the civil rights leader.
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here are five ways to recognize the day.
1. Roeper Candlelight Walk and Vigil
- Where: The Roeper School Community Center
- When: 5:30 p.m.
- Why go: The Roeper School continues its annual tribute to Rev. King by honoring the profound changes he brought to a nation divided by racism. This year's theme, “I will speak out,” stresses the importance of staying vocal in the face of prejudice and injustice. The event is free and open to the public.
- Where: The Community House, Birmingham
- When: 8 a.m.
- Cost: $25
- Why go: The Community House celebrates 20 years of honoring Rev. King by welcoming Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley as guest speaker. Breakfast is included.
3. Troy Celebration
- Where: Troy Athens High School, 4333 John R Road, Troy
- When: 8:30 a.m.
- Why go: Troy Athens High School will host a celebration in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. There will be art, essays and speakers. The free event is open to the public.
- Where: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit
- When: 7-10 a.m. Monday
- Cost: $35
- Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
- Why go: The Keynote speaker for the discussion will be the Rev. Dr. Georgia Hill from the Plymouth United Church of Christ. The morning will include a special tribute to U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, and performances by Armond and the Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College. The honorary chairman for the event will be the Honorable Damon J. Keith. The doors open at 7 a.m. and breakfast is from 8-9 a.m. Events and other special displays will be featured throughout the day. View the full schedule here.
5. Detroit Institute of Arts
- Where: The Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
- When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
- Cost: Adults are $8, seniors are $6, kids 6-17 are $4, college students are $5, children 5 and under are free.
- Why go: This is the first time the museum is open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There are several activities on Monday that are free with the price of admission. To check the schedule for the day, click here.