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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 12, 2017 - Celebration Kickoff


Martin Luther King Commemorative March
MLK Statue 
3:30 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 east end of Welch Hall. Hot chocolate will be provided.


Opening Celebration Art Gallery
Student Center Gallery
4 - 6:00 p.m.

This celebration will consist of 25 selected student art pieces, along with a historical collection, that will be featured in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Three students will be selected to receive scholarships totaling $1500 in recognition of their work. To submit a proposal please follow this link: Art Gallery Submission


Friday, January 13, 2017


MLK Day of Service
Honors College Auditorium (511 W Forest Ave, Ypsilanti)
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! The VISION Volunteer Center 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!


FACULTY AND STAFF Registration: This year we have 25 spots for faculty and staff! : FACULTY/ STAFF REGISTRATION

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 16th 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: 
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 14, 2017


Film "Queen of KATWE"
Student Center Auditorium
Viewing: 5:00 p.m.
Discussion: 7:30  p.m. (Free Admission)

A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.

Rated PG

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Community Conversation: "Race and Public Safety
Student Center Auditorium
4:00- 6:00 p.m.

Facilitated by the Center for Michigan with special guest Pamela Pugh

"Since its founding in 2006, the Center for Michigan has sought to engage Michigan citizens statewide in small, informal town hall meetings they call “Community Conversations.” To date, they have engaged more than 20,000 citizens in this process. Importantly, participant demographics – gender, race, geography, age – look like the face of Michigan. This is the largest public engagement project in Michigan history."

This interactive event will allow the EMU community to have a courageous conversation about race and public safety around our campus and community. 

Monday, January 16, 2017 – MLK DAY

Morning Coffee
Student Center, Room 300
8 - 9:00 a.m.

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


Academic Programs: 
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: Benjamin Jealous
Student Center Ballroom
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


MLK Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Jealous
Student Center Auditorium
1:30 - 3 p.m.


CloseUp Theatre Troupe
Student Center Auditorium
Two Shows:  3:30 - 5 p.m. and 5:30 - 7:00 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*) 



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