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Honoring the 'Drum Major" for Justice

By Peter Neumann
By Sharon McClendon

Honoring the 'Drum Major" for Justice

January 18, 2013

DETROIT, Mi. ( --- January 21st marks the national holiday that celebrates the birthday and life of revered minister & civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the only African American so honored.

Here are some of the programs/projects & celebrations that are going on in our area:


Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join the DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital in celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with guest Speaker Solomon Kinlock, Jr. Pastor of Triumph Church Monday, January 21, 2013 from 11am –Noon in the Ground Floor Auditorium. A special presentation will be made by internationally renowned poet, Jessica Care Moore. A free boxed lunch will be provided for the first 100 attendees.

Wayne State University’s Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
Former U.S. representative and NBC news analyst Harold Ford Jr. will deliver the keynote address during Wayne State University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Luncheon. The event, which brings together the metro Detroit community to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of King, kicks off at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, located at 3711 Woodward Ave. in Detroit.

Net proceeds from the event will support Adopt-A-Classroom, a nationally recognized organization that raises funds to help teachers purchase resources for their classrooms. The university, in partnership with its sponsors, has donated more than $33,000 to support the organization’s local giving efforts. The tribute also includes a presentation of the Dr. Arthur L. Johnson Community Leadership Awards.

Macomb Community College Honoring MLK by Helping Habitat!
On Saturday, January 19th, or the third straight year a group of 60 MCC students from will honor Martin Luther King Jr. by giving back to their community. The students will perform deconstruction projects at several different work sites to prepare the homes for finish carpentry, painting, trim and projects for following groups to complete. To help our mission forge forward and make an impact in the lives of your neighbors this holiday season please contact Michael Terenzi Jr, Marketing & PR Manager at 586-263-1540 ext. 114 or Ruselda Johnson, Director of Financial Resources at ext.102 or e-mail or

United Way & City Year Detroit are partnering with Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Schools Foundation for their "Come Back to DPS" call to service campaign. United Way & City Year are taking the lead in managing the anticipated 400-plus volunteers at four DPS schools — Cody Campus, Osborn Campus, Detroit Collegiate Prep and Noble Elementary-Middle school.

The prep work completed: building 30+ mural frames, inventorying supplies for the projects which includes building benches, organizing classrooms/libraries & transforming under-utilized classrooms into student union & tutoring spaces. So there’s only one thing left that we need to be ready for Monday — YOU! They’ve put a lot of work in so far to get ready, but they need you to volunteer to help them cross the finish line. For more info or to help contact Sharon Ouellette at souellette@cityyear.or or call 313-874-4558.

~ Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the “I Have A Dream” Speech~
An Award ceremony and concert will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the Gem Theatre in Detroit 7:30-9:30pm to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s Speech. There will be performances by Simone [actress/singer –daughter of music icon Nina Simone]; Miri Ben-Ari [Grammy award winning Israeli violinist]; Poes Jessica Care Moore, Elijah J; & See Jane Rock. Ambassador Magazine will honor that day will be Dr. Clarence B. Jones – former speech writer & legal counsel to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the 2013 Citizen for Change Award will be bestowed on General Holiefield, Vice President Chrysler UAW. Also honored will be Arthur Horwitz Publisher, Detroit Jewish News, Martin Manna Publisher, American Chaldean News and Bankole Thompson, Editor-n-Chief, Michigan Chronicle. Proceeds from this event benefit defeat the Label’s Anti-bullying campaign and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute of Stanford University.

The City of Romulus, Romulus Community Schools & the Romulus Ministerial Alliance are coming together again to honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.. This year will mark the 14th anniversary. The community celebration will commence with a unity march a 8:00am down Wick Rd. to Wayne Rd., from Romulus Middle School to Romulus Senior High School. After the march, breakfast will be served in the High School cafeteria. A ceremony will begin at 9:30am in the High School auditorium.
The purpose of this event is to allow people of the community to come together and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. For more information contact: Rev. Arthur C. Willis, Romulus Ministerial Alliance 313.701.2423 or Ellen Craig-Bragg, Romulus City Clerk 734.837.8898

DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Diversity & Inclusion Committee will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, featuring keynote Juanita Moore, president and CEO, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History — the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. Looking Back to Move Forward is the theme for this years’ celebration to be held on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the hospital. Prior to her current role, Moore served as founding executive director of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN, where she oversaw the construction of the museum’s opening at the historic Lorraine Motel — site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Additional highlights for the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan M.L.K. celebration will include musical performances from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Sphinx artists, and dance artistry from the Marygrove College Dancers. The public is welcome, for more information visit

NSO Bell Building and U of D join together for MLK Day of Service
In commemoration of the 2013 MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 21, approximately 30 University of Detroit students will join with tenants of the NSO Bell Building at the facility (882 Oakman Blvd.) from 10 a.m. - 1 a.m. to work on three service projects:

1) Creating "Winter Warm Kits for those who are still out on the streets (this will include items like socks, gloves and toiletries). This is especially important as these tenants are formerly homeless adults. This gives them an opportunity to help those who are in the position they once were.

2) Sort through the donations of supplies for the common rooms and determine where they should go.

3) Put together welcome kits for tenants. These will be made with the donations still available in the general store.

The organization had received a mini-grant from the Volunteer Centers of Michigan to use specifically for the Day of Service.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at the
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Throughout the day there will be films, children’s activities, live video streaming of the Presidential Inauguration, concert performances, health screenings & more including The Table of Brotherhood and a scale model of the King memorial on loan from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., National Memorial in Washington D.C. Call 313-494-5800 or

Commemorative Celebration of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Celebrate Martin L. King's Birthday with the Divine Nine!
Michigan State University is pleased to invite High School students from the greater Detroit community to come out and join us on January 21, 2013 from 10:00a-1:30 pm.

The Divine Nine are African-American, collegiate fraternities and sororities that are internationally known for their commitment to education, service and the uplift of people. Come out and participate in this EPIC event!...There will be prizes, food and opportunities to share and learn more about these organizations. Feel free to bring a friend; but make sure they sign up at the link below.

Catholics to Mark Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Catholic community of Detroit is marking Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with volunteer efforts in the city of Detroit by hundreds of Catholic youths on Saturday, Jan. 19, and a liturgy at 10am at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit on Monday, January 21, 2013.

13th Annual MLK Day Commemorative Breakfast January 21st 8am at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History [315 E. Warren - Detroit] The program begins with breakfast & a program featuring a dynamic Interfaith panel and performances. Call 800-838-3006 for tickets. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s educational programming.

Southfield 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Peace Walk begins at 9:30am January 21st organized by the City of Southfield and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force Committee. Walk starts from Hope United Methodist Church – 26275 Northwestern Highway. Following the walk will be a program & the program will conclude with the presentation of the 2013 MLK Community Service Award, the MLK Peace Pledge and the ringing of the Liberty Bell. Southfield was the first city in the state of Michigan to hold a Dr. King peace walk or march.

21st Annual King Holiday Celebration
on January 21st at 8am at the Birmingham Community House [380 S. Bates – B’ham] featuring the Courville Concert Choir. The theme this year is “Lest We Forget.” For more information call 248-644-5832

Annual United We Walk on January 20th at 8am West Bloomfield High School [4925 Orchard Lake]. "Unity in the Community" The 19th annual multicultural event includes a walk and community programs with keynote speaker David Merritt, radio color commentator for Michigan IMG Sports Network and Straight Gate International Church of Detroit and West Bloomfield, Minister of Music. The event concludes with a candle light vigil. Event Phone Number: 248-865-6420

Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The celebration begins at 9:00 a.m., where participants will gather at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 28000 New Market Road, and walk to the Main Library (1/3 mile). Refreshments will be served in the Library Auditorium. This will be followed with a Reenactment by Rudy Barker, a Living History Performer, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech" including
Sharing from the Audience. Poetic presentation, music, stories and more can be seen throughout the day. For more information contact the Farmington Hills Library. Call 248-553-6880

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