Martin Luther King Jr.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force in Southfield is sending about 40 middle and high school students to civil rights sites.

The 2018 Freedom Ride in August will make stops at historical sites in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. Corporate and individual donations are being sought to offset the cost to students.

Diocese of Grand Rapids

Tonight, the Community gathers for an ecumenical prayer services to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Death of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. We talk to Father John Geaney of the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

MLK Day observed in silent march at GVSU

Jan 15, 2018

Despite having the day off from class, and despite it being freezing and wet outside, hundreds of Grand Valley State University students and faculty turned out for a silent march across campus in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

“Ever since I have been here it’s been a silent march, because we want people to concentrate and really think about the moment and put themselves in the shoes of Dr. King and others,” Bobby Springer, the Associate Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Grand Valley State University said. 

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The 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration takes place Monday, Jan. 15.  It honors the life and legacy of King with a community celebration that features Keynote Speaker April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, and the premiere of the opera “I DREAM” at Fountain Street Church.

Monday’s celebration is open to the public and is hosted in collaboration with Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and for the first time,  Opera Grand Rapids.

The 1963 civil rights march led in Detroit by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be re-enacted at the Michigan state Capitol in Lansing as part of Black History Month.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will join other elected leaders and community officials Tuesday morning on the west side of the Capitol building.

The March for Freedom reenactment will proceed to the Richard H. Austin building where a program highlighting Michigan's role in the civil rights movement will be presented.

The Kids’ Food Basket weekly provides sack suppers to nearly 7,000 kids. Officials there say about 50,000 children living in Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties don’t get enough food. 

As part of the Martin Luther King Jr.  “Day of Service” activities, a group of Spectrum employees spent some time helping out at Kids’ Food Basket as their way of giving back.