Eastern Michigan University

direct edit


Thursday, January 11, 2018 - Celebration Kickoff


Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative March                                                 

MLK Garden with MLK Statue (located between Boone and Welch Hall)                                               3:30 p.m.                                                      

Join members of the university and surrounding community as we reflect upon the historical significance of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March by thousands of non-violent demonstrators, and march across campus from the MLK Garden to the Student Center.

Marchers will gather on the east end of Welch Hall and then proceed to the MLK Garden. Hot chocolate will be provided. Individuals can join the march at any point along the route.

Why is the Selma-to-Montgomery March an epic event in history?

The Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights represented the political and emotional peak of the modern civil rights movement. On Sunday, March 21, 1965, about 3,200 marchers led by Martin Luther King, set out from Selma for Montgomery, walking 12 miles a day and sleeping in fields. By the time they reached the steps of the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama five days later on March 25, 1965, they were over 25,000 strong. King told the assembled crowd: "There never was a moment in American history more honorable and more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes" (King, "Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March"). Less than five month s later, President Lyndon Johnnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


MLK Celebration Opening Reception and  Student Art Gallery Showcase

Student Art Gallery, Student Center                                                                                                         4 - 6 p.m.

The MLK Art Gallery Showcase will feature up to 25 pieces of artwork created by EMU students. The artwork will in some way exemplify, relate to, connect with, or inform our understanding of Dr. King's legacy; in particular, how individuals and groups interpret Dr. King's mission to improve the world through equality, peace, and justice.

The artwork will be judged and three students will be selected to each receive a $500 scholarship in recognition of their work.

President James Smith will deliver opening comments and refreshments will be provided.

Students interested in submitting an Art Gallery Showcase proposal should follow these directions:

Submit your proposal by the December 4, 2017, 5:00 p.m. deadline.

The following information is required for submission:

  • A sketch of your idea or a picture of completed work
  • Name(s) and contact information for the student artist
  • The connection to the 2018 theme

Artwork must be ready for display by January 3, 2018. Click on this link for the proposal form.


All those submitting a proposal will be notified of their proposal submission status by December 8, 2017. Questions can be directed to the Art Gallery Showcase Co-Chairs, Eric Reed, ereed2@emich.edu and Janine Driver, jdriver@emich.edu.                                                                                                





Make a Gift
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • youtube
  • linked in
  • Blog EMU