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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 16th

  • Martin Luther King Commemorative March

    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 north side of the Student Center at 5:45 pm. Hot chocolate will be provided.

    5:45 pm gathering time. 6 pm departure

    North Entrance of the Student Center

  • Educational Reform in Michigan: How Did We Get Here and Where Do We Go From Here?

    This interactive session is focused on understanding recent developments in educational reform in Michigan. Legislators, state board members, local administrators, teachers, students and activists have been invited to share their experiences and knowledge. The goal of this event is to address the political, social, and economic threats to democratic education on the local, state, and national stage.

    7:00 – 10:00 pm

    Student Center Ballroom A

    This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 


Friday, January 17th

  • MLK Day of Service

    Join VISION for a morning of service with local non-profits! Meet in 302 Student Center for check in and issue education. Transportation will be provided! Sign up to volunteer here! Many of these site will be volunteering outside so please dress appropriately! All volunteers will be back to the Student Center by 2 pm.

    9:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Meet at the VISION Volunteer Center, 346 Student Center

  • "Finally Got the News" Film Screening and Discussion

    This event will provide a rare opportunity to hear from and speak with two of this country's premier labor and community organizers – General Baker and Marian Kramer. Following a film screening about the activities of the Leagues of Revolutionary Black Workers inside and outside the auto factories of Detroit, they will bring their historical perspectives on social change efforts to a discussion of current challenges that activists face today. Light refreshments will be served.

    1 pm - 3:30pm

    Halle Library

  • "H2E" Student Talent Showcase and Scholarship Competition

    Doors Open: 6:30 pm. Show Time: 7:00 pm *Free Admission*

    Pease Auditorium 


Saturday, January 18th

  • The EMU Poetry Society presents "The Color of Drums: A Fork in the Road" Poetry Celebration

    Doors Open: 6:30 pm , Show Time: 7:00 pm

    Pease Auditorium


Sunday, January 19th

  • Where Do We Go From Here? Building a Stronger Community in Ypsilanti"

    In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his final book isolated within the confines of a small house in Jamaica. Released years after his death, this work set forth a vision for America to address societal ills that are still problems today. Join EMU faculty, grassroots activists and local civic leaders for a conversation on how we can work together, utilizing ideals MLK set forth in his final manuscript, to build a stronger community and to address issues plaguing the city of Ypsilanti. Light refreshments will be served.

    7 pm - 9 pm

    Student Center Auditorium


Monday, January 20th – MLK DAY

  • MLK Breakfast

    The breakfast is free and open to the public. It will feature student speaker Tiran Burrell, presentation of the Dr. Nora Martin Scholarship and a dedication performance by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

    7:45 am

    300 Student Center

  • Keynote Address: Geoffrey Canada

    10:00 am

    Student Center Auditorium

  • President’s Luncheon

    11:45 am

    Student Center Ballroom

  • Academic Programs (Click here for a complete list)

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Student Center

  • Close-Up Theatre Troupe

    4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

    Student Center Auditorium


Tuesday, January 21st

  • Book Discussion: “Whatever It Takes”

    5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Student Center Ballroom B

  • Panel Discussion: "Student Leadership Reconsidered"

    Student Center Ballroom B, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm The American civil rights movement created an opportunity for young activists who were not afraid to take direct action to end segregation and break down racial barriers by organizing sit-ins, marches and voter registration drives. In this strategic planning session, EMU students will explore what "leadership" means to them and how they can use their influence and collective efficacy to chart a course that will transform our communities and help them succeed. Refreshments will be served.

    6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Student Center Ballroom B