Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events for Metro Detroit Families

In honor of this African-American activist, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties offer these Martin Luther King Jr. Day events.

On Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, our nation honors perhaps the greatest Civil Rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr.

In southeast Michigan, local spots do their part by offering plenty of family-friendly Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in celebration of this man and all he accomplished.

Here, you will find a list of inspiring speeches, craft activities, exhibits and more in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties and beyond to commemorate Dr. King.

Search the list and find the right way to teach your kids about the Civil Rights movement along with conversations about race and racism this MLK Day.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Jan. 13-15, 2024

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: $30/ages 12-plus, $22.50/ages 5-11, free/ages 4 and under; Free museum admission and parking on Jan. 15, 2024

Swing by the museum to learn about the contributions Dr. King made to the civil rights movement and other civil rights artifacts, including the Rosa Parks bus. It offers new featured programs, performances and living history demonstrations, plus special tours and screenings in Giant Screen Experience.

United We Walk at West Bloomfield Middle School

Jan. 14, 2024

Participants celebrate MLK Jr.’s birthday at the 30th annual walk at West Bloomfield Middle School. This year’s theme is “The King in Me: We Walk in Unity, Equality and Community.”

21st Annual Detroit MLK Day Rally & March at St. Matthew’s-St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church

Jan. 15, 2024

Join the Detroit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Committee for the 20th Annual March and Rally. The event will feature speakers and artists active in the movements.

Celebrate MLK Day at Clinton-Macomb Public Library – North Branch

Jan. 15, 2024

Ages 3-12 are invited to North Branch to hear a story and make a craft to celebrate the life and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.

Celebrate MLK Day at Clinton-Macomb Public Library – South Branch

Jan. 15, 2024

Ages 3-12 are invited to North Branch to hear a story and make a craft to celebrate the life and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Ypsilanti District Library-Superior

Jan. 15, 2024

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a performance by Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit.

MLK Day at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Jan. 15, 2024

Families can enjoy an MLK event that features educational workshops and programming, lecture, film and a prayer breakfast. 

MLK Day Ceremony and Candlelight Walk at The Roeper School

Jan. 15, 2024

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with workshops, treats, entertainment, candlelight walk and a ceremony.

MLK Peace Walk & Ceremony at Hope United Methodist Church

Jan. 15, 2024

This 39th annual event commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year’s theme will be “Peace and Justice for the Next Generation.”

This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly. 


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