Detroit takes its celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life seriously. With marches, rallies, memorial cycling events and comedy jams on the calendar, you have plenty of options to join in the remembrance, but Detroit’s museums have some of the fullest MLK agendas.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
MLK Day at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is an exciting day of celebration that includes children’s workshops, arts and crafts, musical performances, storytelling, video tributes, special displays of MLK and Coretta Scott King artifacts and more.
It kicks off with a commemorative breakfast, presented by the Friends and Women’s Committees of The Wright Museum. Doors open at 7 a.m., with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $35 and include free admission to all the museum’s MLK Day activities. Get yours at the museum, by phone at 800-838-3006 or online at thewright.org.
Detroit Historical Museum
The Detroit Historical Museum, in partnership with the Black Historic Sites Committee, is hosting a free family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids will be able to plan a dinner with Dr. King and make their own coloring and activity book.
There will also be a presentation on Detroit’s Historic Conant Garden neighborhood, a dance performance by the Alnur Shabazz African Dance, Drum and Drama Troupe, live poetry readings and a sing along to Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday,” followed by “We Shall Overcome.”
The Henry Ford
Celebrate Dr. King’s life and the many ordinary people who had the extraordinary courage and commitment to ask for more from their nation on civil rights at The Henry Ford. Bring your family and friends because the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation will be open the community for free. This includes free admission and free parking, activities and dramatic presentations.
Sit in the Rosa Parks Bus, and hear the story of Mrs. Parks’ courageous act. Participate in and be captivated by the highly praised 30-minute show “Minds on Freedom,” which celebrates the contributions of Dr. King, Mrs. Parks and other civil rights champions, such as Fannie Lou Hamer, Gloria Rackley and the Freedom Riders. Sing, carry a protest sign and interact with the performers.
1Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-494-5800