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Roundup of MLK Jr. Day Events in Southeast Michigan

Honor this African-American activist on Jan. 20, 2014 with a day of commemorative family events in Detroit, Ann Arbor and more

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On Jan. 20, 2014, southeast Michigan families will honor civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. In celebration of this visionary, kids and parents can enjoy an array of activities – like performances, craft activities and inspiring speeches – at local spots from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit to the Farmington Hills Library. We've rounded up a number of activities for families to take part in on this special day – and one special program just days before the main event. Take a peek at the list below for something near your area.

Max M. Fisher Music Center

Jan. 17, 2014

  • Address: 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-576-5111
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: $10/program, $65/program and strolling lunch, free/parking

Wayne State University hosts a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute, which features keynote speaker Dr. Mae C. Jemison – NASA astronaut and the first African-American woman to go into space.

Village Theater at Cherry Hill

  • Address: 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Phone: 734-394-5460
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. (reception), 6 p.m. (program)
  • Cost: $2

This tribute, titled Canton Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., includes a pre-program reception featuring light refreshments, a presentation of King's life in dramatic form and musical performances. This year's keynote speaker is retired Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson with the Detroit Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen – America's first black military airmen.

Hill Auditorium

  • Address: 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-763-3333
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: free

Harry Belafonte – singer, songwriter, actor, producer and social activist –delivers the keynote memorial lecture at this 28th annual symposium in honor of this incredible activist. This year's theme is "Power – Justice – Love: Heal the Divide."

Painting with a Twist

  • Address: 200 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
  • Phone: 248-850-7182
  • Time: 1-3 p.m.
  • Cost: $25/seat

Get in touch with your inner artist at this Ferndale art spot, where you can celebrate MLK Day in a colorful way. Children of all ages can create their own "I Have a Dream" painting to commemorate King's message of unity and peace.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

  • Address: 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-494-5800
  • Time: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (kicks off with commemorative breakfast 8-9 a.m.)
  • Cost: free with museum admission ($8/ages 13-61, $5/kids ages 3-12 and seniors 62-plus, free/under 3), $35/breakfast

This historical hotspot's busiest day of the year kicks off with a commemorative breakfast. Doors open at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast at 8 a.m. Once you've eaten, kids can do arts and crafts, listen to storytellers, watch video tributes and more. New this year: Check out the Point of View: African American Masters from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection exhibit.

Troy Athens High School

  • Address: 4333 John R St., Troy
  • Phone: 248-524-1147
  • Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Cost: free; donations accepted

All are welcome to join Athens High School as it hosts a multi-activity event, titled Celebration of Freedom, in honor of MLK Jr.

Flint Cultural Center

  • Address: 1310 E. Kearsley St., Flint
  • Phone: 810-237-7333
  • Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. library, noon-6 p.m. cultural center
  • Cost: free

The Flint Institute of Arts partners with the Flint Public Library, giving you and your family free admission to this event that includes drop-in crafts, a reenactment of King's I Have a Dream speech and performances by the Gamma Delta Kudos and the Kappa Leadership League.

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