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MLK Jr. Day Events in Southeast Michigan

Celebrate the civil rights activist's life on Jan. 18, 2016 at events happening in metro Detroit.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 87 this year. What might the civil rights leader think of the fruits of his labor today? We've come far, but the road is rocky. The Monday, Jan. 18 holiday is a chance to reflect on MLK's efforts, along with ours. These local events are prime picks for contemplation—and celebration.

MLK Comedy Jam

  • When: 7 p.m./doors, 8 p.m./show Jan. 16
  • Where: Masonic Temple, 500 Temple Ave., Detroit
  • Cost: $45-$95
  • Contact: 313-638-2724

Luenell joins teams up with Arnez J and Karlous Miller to honor the activist with a very nonviolent approach: laughter.

The Color Of Water

  • When: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 17
  • Where: Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: 734-764-2538

Saxophonist James McBride explores the nature of identity, race and heritage through music and storytelling.

MLK Day At The Wright

  • When: 8-10 a.m./breakfast, 10 a.m.-5 p.m./activities Jan. 18
  • Where: 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit
  • Cost: $35/breakfast; rest free with entry: $8/adults, $5/ages 3-12
  • Contact: 313-494-5800

Don't miss the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History's busiest day of the year with a breakfast, workshops, music, storytelling and much more.

Peace Walk

  • When: 9:30 a.m./walk, 11 a.m./program
  • Where: Hope United Methodist Church, Southfield, 26275 Northwestern Highway/walk; Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road/program
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: MLKTaskForceMI.org

This 31st annual event celebrates Dr. King with a brisk stroll and a program with various speakers.

MLK Bike Ride

  • When: 10 a.m. Jan. 18
  • Where: Starts at McGregor Memorial Conference Center, 495 Ferry Mall, Detroit
  • Cost: Free (registration required)
  • Contact: Tour-de-Troit.org

Cycle for civil rights on Tour de Troit's 10-mile ride, which wheels through various Detroit sites relevant to activism.

Henry Ford Museum

  • When: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 18
  • Where: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: 313-982-6001

Activities here are free and open on MLK Monday. Enjoy live music, make crafts and hear the story of Rosa Parks—even carry a protest sign yourself.

Bring The Dream To Life

  • When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 18
  • Where: Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave.
  • Cost: Free/event, $7/parking
  • Contact: 313- 833-7935

Share your dream on the community wall, test your MLK trivia and more, topped by singing Stevie Wonder's "Happy Birthday" followed by "We Shall Overcome."

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