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"One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change . . . but today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant, and to face the challenge of change."

--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - Celebration Kickoff


Martin Luther King Commemorative March
South entrance of Student Center
4:30 p.m.

Join members of the university community as we march across campus and reflect upon the historical significance of EMU buildings and landmarks and the stalwarts for which they were named. Marchers will gather on the south side of the Student Center. Hot chocolate will be provided.


Opening Celebration Discussion
Student Center Auditorium
6 - 7:30 p.m.

The opening discussion is entitled "Why Your Vote Matters." The discussion will focus on the history of voting, voting laws, obstacles to voting, and why your vote matters. The panelists include:

  • Lawrence Kestenbaum - Washtenaw County Clerk
  • Ronald Woods - Professor, African American Studies
  • Jeff Bernstein - Professor, Political Science
  • Evan Schrauben - Student Government


Friday, January 15, 2016


MLK Day of Service
Student Center Ballroom B
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


If you've found that you've asked yourself this same question and aren't sure where to begin, look no further! VISION will be hosting a morning of volunteering as part of EMU's MLK Celebration. All we require is that you sign up (link below) and show-up the day of, ready to make a difference!

To register, please visit the SIGNUP SHEET FOR MLK DAY OF SERVICE!

Expect the unexpected as you'll be assigned a service site at random as you arrive.  Please dress prepared for the weather because some of our community partners work outdoors.  If you are under 18 years of age, you must stop by the VISION office to retrieve a liability waiver for your parent/guardian to sign prior to January 15th in order to participate.


*This event is for enrolled EMU Students Only and LBC Credit is approved for this event.


The Color of Drums Poetry Celebration: "The American Day-Dream"
Pease Auditorium
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Show Time: 7 p.m. (Free Admission)

The Color of Drums is an annual show hosted by The Poetry Society where acting and poetry collide on stage. This is TCOD's 15th anniversary show which will also serve will serve as a reunion where Poetry Society members from years before come back and celebrate with current members. The show entails multiple skits performed by the organization as it relates to common topics throughout today's society revolving around the theme "The American Day Dream".

(*Disclaimer: Some content in this show may not be suitable for young children*)


Saturday, January 16, 2016


"H2E" Student Talent Showcase and Scholarship Competition
Pease Auditorium
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Show Time: 7 p.m. (Free Admission)

Join us for a celebration of the performing arts! EMU students will showcase their talents in honor of the Civil Rights Movement and compete for three scholarships!

Sunday, January 17, 2016


Community Event: "Washtenaw County My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge"
Student Center Auditorium
1:30 - 3 p.m.

In 2014, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by African-American young men and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.  Washtenaw County has taken on the MBK Community Challenge, a call to action for all members of our communities, as a collective of local law makers, community leaders, organizations, EMU staff and students, comprising many of the vital forces and structural components needed to enact sustainable change through policy, programs, and partnerships.

My Brother’s Keeper is focused on six milestones:

  • Ensuring all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready
  • Ensuring all children can read at grade level by 3rd grade
  • Ensuring all youth graduate from high school
  • Ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education or training
  • Ensuring all youth out of school are employed
  • Ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime

Come join the EMU student body and local community leaders as we engage in an interactive form, using real life scenarios to address each of the six benchmarks of the MY Brother’s Keeper Initiative.

Monday, January 18, 2016 – MLK DAY

MLK Breakfast
Student Center, Room 300
8 - 9:30 a.m.

Start your day of exciting events and programming by joining members of the MLK Committee for a Breakfast Buffet. This event is free and open to the public.


Academic Programs: Courageous Conversations
Student Center, 3rd Floor (Various Rooms)

  • Session Block #1:  9 - 9:50 a.m.
  • Session Block #2:  10 - 10:50 a.m.

President's MLK Luncheon
Featuring Keynote Speaker: Barbara Arnwine
Student Center Ballroom
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


MLK Keynote Speaker: Barbara Arnwine
Student Center Auditorium
1:30 - 3 p.m.


CloseUp Theatre Troupe
Student Center Auditorium
Two Shows:  4 - 5 p.m. and 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

We have been taught and trained to believe that America is the land of opportunity and freedom. But it’s hard to agree as the values we cling to are becoming obsolete. We examine the injustices in our society as individuals but we don’t always speak up about them as a community. CloseUp will speak up and speak out about some of those injustices and create a space for audience members to think, feel, question and hopefully act. 

(*Disclaimer: Some content in this show may not be suitable for young children*) 



Afterglow Celebration
Student Center, Room 300
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Come join us for discussion and refreshments at the MLK Day Afterglow. Please let us know if you need anything else.



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