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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 11, 2018 - Celebration Kickoff


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative March
Martin Luther King Garden with MLK Statue (Located between Boone and Welch Hall)
3:30 p.m.

Marchers will gather on the east end of Welch Hall. Hot chocolate will be provided.

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.

Individuals can join the march at any point along the route.


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

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

Three students will be selected to each receive a scholarship of $500 in recognition of their work. To submit a proposal please follow this link: Art Gallery Submission


Friday, January 12, 2018


MLK Day of Service
EMU Honors College Auditorium (511 W Forest Ave, Ypsilanti)
9 a.m. - 1:00 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.  You'll then go with a group to do service for a couple of hours and reflect on the experience. Transportation to and from your service site is provided. 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 12th in order to participate.

It is important that you arrive at 9:00 a.m. If you arrive after 9:00 a.m., we cannot guarantee transportation to a service site.

 *This event is for enrolled EMU Students and EMU faculty and staff only.

  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 17th anual MLK show  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 13, 2018


Movie:  "Selma"
Student Center Auditorium
Viewing: 3:30 p.m.              (Free admission)
Discussion: 5:45  p.m.        (Light refreshments)

Join us following the movie as we discuss the issues surrounding the events that led up to the Selma march and how it compares and contrasts with events that are happening today around the country.

 "Selma" is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay's SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. (C) Paramount

Rated PG 13

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Community Conversation: "Building Communities: One Step at a Time..."
Room 310 A/B, Student Center
3:00- 4:30 p.m.

Special Guest Presenter: Dr. Doris Fields

Director of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Communications

Eastern Michigan University

Facilitated by the MLK Community Engagement Committee



Monday, January 15, 2018 – MLK DAY

Morning Coffee
Student Center, Room 300
7:30 - 8:30 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: Joy-Ann Reid
Student Center Ballroom
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


MLK Keynote Speaker: Joy-Ann Reid
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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