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Get Involved with MLK Day in Detroit!

How are you reflecting on MLK’s legacy? Check out 9 ways that you can get involved below. 

Legacy & Justice: MLK Community Shabbat & Weekend of Service- January 15th 6pm

“Repair The World Detroit, The Well, The Coalition for Black Jewish Unity, and One Table are teaming up for a virtual Shabbat experience, filled with meaningful music, learning, and discussion to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Together on Zoom, we’ll gather to welcome this special Shabbat with music, prayer, and intention. After our short service, we’ll split into breakout rooms where we’ll dive deeper into the legacy of MLK, and use a lens of Jewish values and wisdom to explore the continuous journey of working towards justice. One Table invites participants in their 20s and 30s to support Black-owned restaurants this Shabbat.” More info and registration here.

Learn more about all of Repair The World’s activities for their weekend of service, including a donation drive for Brilliant Detroit, Jan. 15-18th here!

Sunday Solidarity: Building Beloved Community- January 17th 2:30pm-5:30pm

Detroit Disability Power’s Sunday Solidarity: Building Beloved Community virtual event will offer you an afternoon of community organizing and self-care inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the work he did connecting every form of liberation. You will have the chance to learn and share about all things justice, politics, and movement—connecting disability rights with the issues you care about! Join us for this lead-up to MLK Day in Detroit. RSVP here to save your spot. ASL interpretation and CART provided.

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.- January 18th 10am-12pm

Join The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for a virtual presentation featuring a gospel performance by Ebenezer Missionary Church, Teen Hype, and Detroit Police Athletic League!  More info here.

University of Michigan’s 2021 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium- January 18th at 10 a.m.

Glean successes and lessons from the civil rights movement and King’s life and legacy under the theme, “Where Do We Go From Here?” This year’s symposium keynote features two speakers, Gloria House, poet, essayist, educator and human rights activist, and Malik Yakini, co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. The program can be viewed here.


CMU Detroit Center presents “From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter” – January 18th 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

This session for high school students and up will be moderated by CMU Alumnus and Global Communications Manager for GM Lester Booker, Jr. Panelists include: CMU Alumna and Detroit City Council Pro Tem Mary Sheffield, CMU Alumna and Head of Multicultural Marketing at Cadillac, Alexis Kerr, CMU Student Xavier Reed, CMU Student Danay Goree and CMU Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Jared Halter. Tune in via WebEx:

MLK Streets: More Than a Name- January 18th 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.

“Across America, over 900 streets bear the name of Martin Luther King, Jr. For MLK Day 2021, the Black Historic Sites Committee and the Detroit Historical Society are taking an in-depth look into how race and geography have played a role in naming streets after King and whether the streets have lived up to his legacy and dreams. Join us for a virtual panel discussion and special viewing of the 15-minute film short “King Blvd.,” which will set the set stage for the discussion.” More info and registration here.

Variations on a Dream presented by Mosaic Youth Theatre- January 16-18th

Celebrate MLK Day with resounding themes of hope, peace, and opportunity through Mosaic’s 3-day event: Variations on a Dream. Variations on a Dream will feature a collection of new works that examine race, power, privilege, and the combined forces of hope and courage. Through performance and dialogue, this 3-day event will take audiences on a journey that explores current socio-political challenges while creating spaces for conversations that heal and bridge communities.

This event will begin virtually on January 16th and 17th at 1:18 PM, with live broadcasts of performances centered around MLK and Langston Hughes. On Monday, join Mosaic at 7 PM at the Ford Drive-In in Dearborn to witness specifically curated content. Spots are limited–register today! For more information & registration, visit


Rebrand Black- Virtual Brand Camp Summit – January 18-19th 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Rebrand Black is a celebration of our thought leaders that drive culture, business, music, tech, sport and economics. While this year’s Brand Camp Summit will be virtual it will be more intimate and impactful than ever. We are focused on having some uncomfortable conversations. Meet the speakers and register today for this free conference at, designed for people who want to learn about culture.

National Day of Healing from Racism- January 19th 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Join the Detroit Equity Action Lab, Wayne State University Office of Multicultural Student Engagement, Wayne State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Wayne State University LatinX Student Association, and the Wayne State University Black Student Union for a full day of online sessions focused on healing from racism. Sessions include guided meditation, fishbowl discussions, art therapy, coping and radical self-care, gratitude activities, and a poetry showcase.

The National Day of Healing from Racism is a part of the National Day of Racial Healing led by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) initiative – a national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

Click here to learn more and register for a session.

Written By: Katherine Brown, Let’s Detroit Engagement Manager

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