Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day With These Events

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. This year, Dr. King will be celebrated in various ways around Metro Detroit, including virtual and socially distanced events. Here’s a look at what’s happening.

Virtual events

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Tribute 2021

Monday, January 18th, 1:00 pm

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute is one of Wayne State’s signature events that provide us the opportunity to honor the legacy of Dr. King. This virtual event is open to the public and the campus community. Starting at 1 p.m., the event features a Q&A session with poet, author, and activist Caroline Randall Williams, remarks from WSU President M. Roy Wilson, and a reading from poets with InsideOut poets. Virtual Event: wayne.edu/live

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Monday, January 18th, 1:00 pm

Listen in on a keynote speech by White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor virtually on its website, thewright.org. Register online to view the speech.

18th Annual Detroit MLK Day Virtual Rally & Cultural Program

Monday, January 18th, 12:00-3:00 pm

Special guests at this virtual event include Jesus Rodriguez Espinoza, the editor of the Venezuelan news outlet, the Orinoco Tribune, and a family member of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by Wisconsin police last August. No cost. Online streaming through Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube; facebook.com/events

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass

Monday, January 18th, 11:00 am

The Archdiocese of Detroit is hosting its annual memorial mass in honor of Martin Luther King on Monday, January 18th. This event will be steamed live at cathedral.aod.org.

MLK Streets: More Than a Name

Monday, January 18th, 1:00-3:00 pm

The Black Historic Sites Committee and the Detroit Historical Society are coming together to offer a virtual event that covers how race and geography have played a role in naming streets after Martin Luther King. Registration required, Zoom event.

Celebrate MLK Day With MoAD

Monday, January 18th, 2:30 pm

MLK at MoAD is for the entire family! Through stories, spoken word poetry, art, and performance, we will reflect on the importance of justice and protest in our diverse communities. Come together to celebrate the life and achievements of one of our nation’s greatest heroes. You can join our MLK Day programming live streaming on YouTube Live on the MoAD Channel or Facebook Live on MoAD’s page.

Jazz, Spirituals, Prayer and Protest Concert

Sunday, January 17th, 3:00 pm

Michigan State University is offering a free online virtual video presentation and concert on Sunday, January 17th. The virtual concert will be streamed here.

King Blvd Block Party

Sunday, January 17th, 4:00 pm

During the King Blvd Block Party attendees will learn about the King Blvd Feature Film from the creative team behind the project. Registration required, Zoom event.

Maron Hayden Ensemble

Sunday, January 17th, 4:15 pm

On the eve of MLK Day, bassist, Marion Hayden, honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the House in a musical tribute exploring themes of civil rights, social justice, voting rights, and Black Lives Matter. Watch here.


** This is a working list. Please comment down below if there is a specific event that you want us to highlight. Thank you!

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