There is no shortage of charitable work that needs to get done—and gets done—in the metro Detroit area year-round, especially around the time of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Jan. 15. Luckily, Warriors are right in the heart of the action and events to celebrate King’s birthday are as close as a block away from campus. Here are some events to partake in this MLK Day.
Monday, Jan. 15
Detroit MLK Day Rally and March
23 E. Adams and Woodward Ave.; noon to 5 p.m.
Taking place at the Central United Methodist Church, the rally begins at noon and will include a speech from Reverend Dr. Bernard Lafayette from Emory University who served as a special assistant to King. After the rally, participants will embark on the 15th annual Freedom March for jobs, peace and justice through downtown. Following the march, poetry and music will be performed by local artists in St. John’s Episcopal Church at 3 p.m.
MLK Day of Service
15140 Livernois Ave.; noon to 3 p.m.
Radio host Mildred Gaddis and United Auto Workers Region 1A Director Roy Gamble will be distributing supplies to local homeless shelters in and around Detroit. Organizers are asking for volunteers and donations of socks, sleeping bags, winter gear and blankets.
MLK Day Celebration at the Charles H. Wright Museum
315 E. Warren Ave.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult tickets (13+) $8
Take part in the busiest day of the year for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to celebrate King’s birthday. The museum’s day of festivities includes musical performances, children’s workshops, video tributes and crafts. The day also marks the opening of two new exhibitions, “I found god in myself: a celebration of Dr. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls…” and “Detroit Collections.”
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Henry Ford Museum is home to the original bus Rosa Parks made history. Visitors can hop aboard and sit right in her chair. Admission for all ages is free for the day. Visitors can peruse historical artifacts and exhibits and watch Minds on Freedom, a show which commemorates the work of Civil Right activists including Fannie Lou Hammer, Gloria Rackley and Dr. King.
MLK Detroit Nosh and Rally
5221 Gullen Mall; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Gather in Gullen Mall the morning of King’s birthday to fuel up for the day of festivities ahead. Hosted by Repair the World: Detroit and Hillel of Metro Detroit, students are encouraged to come together, eat snacks and engage in some pre-rally activities before the rally and Freedom March.
Tuesday, Jan. 16
National Day of Healing from Racism
471 W. Palmer St.; 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Detroit Equity Lab and Wayne State’s Office of Multicultural Student Engagement are partaking in the National Day of Healing from Racism for participants to, “celebrate their common humanity and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world.” The day’s schedule of events includes fishbowl-style discussions on experiences with racism at WSU and an overview of the campus climate survey.