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2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Theme:

"Breaking the Illusion: The Movement Continues"

Over the last three decades, Eastern Michigan University has established a strong tradition of discourse, learning opportunities, creative expression, and community building in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

As we prepare to commemorate our 29th celebration, we do so with a keen awareness of the continuing struggle for justice for many people in America.  Each year, our committee follows an arduous process to decide upon our theme.  This year, we chose to challenge the many misconceptions that we have about the state of our nation and our place in it.  Despite reports of a stronger economy and a freer society, we argue that true equity and justice across all races, gender identities and socioeconomic statuses in the United States does not exist.  It is simply an illusion perpetuated by those who strive to control how we think and what we value.

This year's theme underscores the need to bring these misconceptions to light in an honest and thought-provoking way so that we may face them and ultimately make positive and significant change.  Given the illusion that equality and justice for all exists, our theme acknowledges that there is still much work to be done.  The movement is far from over.  And if we are to realize a country characterized by equality and justice, it is our responsibility to continue the efforts that were spearheaded during the Civil Rights Movement, and to address a wide range of unresolved issues today.  We believe a celebration centered around this theme is particularly timely given the 50th anniversary of so many significant civil rights milestones.  Events are intended to not only recognize the life and accomplishments of Dr. King, but to also inform and inspire the entire EMU and wider community to engage in meaningful action.See a full list of MLK events.

*The MLK Planning Committee would like to especially thank President Susan Martin and the Office of Government and Community Relations for their financial support which enables us to make tickets affordable for all who wish to attend.*

If you have questions about any of our MLK Celebration events, please contact one of the 2015 Planning Committee Co-Chairs:

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