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The District Detroit, Neighbors Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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The Detroit Pistons, along with several nonprofit organizations and institutions in The District Detroit and surrounding areas, will celebrate and honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. starting this week.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday that marks the birthday of the distinguished civil rights activist and will be observed on Jan. 15.

The Detroit Pistons will host the Charlotte Hornets during an afternoon game at Little Caesars Arena. The event is one of 11 NBA games that will take place on Monday as part the league’s longstanding tradition of celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The day's activities include a pregame community conversation, concourse activation, a halftime tribute and social media activation.

Wayne State University will kick off the three-day weekend with its 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center on Friday, Jan. 12. Loretta Lynch, the first African American woman to be appointed U.S. Attorney General, will be the keynote speaker. In addition to her speech, she will participate in a discussion with local middle and high school students. 

The Detroit Urban League on Monday, Jan. 15 will host its annual MLK Day All People's Breakfast featuring Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans and Lathrup Village Mayor Kelly Garrett. To RSVP and for more information, call (313) 831-5532 or click here

Central United Methodist Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church, located right in The District Detroit on Woodward Avenue, will host a Rally and March for Jobs, Peace & Justice organized by The Detroit MLK Day Committee. The event will feature a community meal and a guest speech by Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, former special assistant to King in the 1960s.

The Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the University of Michigan Detroit Center will also host MLK Day activities for all ages.

FRIDAY, JAN. 12, 2018

Wayne State University, 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Theater, 3711 Woodward Ave, 10 a.m. Registration is closed.

MONDAY, JAN. 15, 2018

MLK Day at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Breakfast 7-10 a.m., Celebration 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Buy breakfast tickets here.

The Detroit Urban League, All People's Breakfast, 208 Mack Avenue, 8 a.m.

Rally and March for Jobs, Peace & Justice, Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams, 12 p.m.; St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2326 Woodward Ave, Detroit, 3 p.m.
Rally and march schedule here

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Streaming Simulcast Keynote Lecture and Luncheon at the University of Michigan Detroit, Ann Arbor Room in Orchestra Place, 3663 Woodward Ave. 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Detroit Historical Society’s MLK Jr. Day “Bring the Dream to Life,” Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Registration here.

Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., MLK Day Drop-In Workshop: Create & Donate Notebooks, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Film Screening; King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis, 1 p.m. 

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country. Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites eight world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions - The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.

Current data from the University of Michigan demonstrates that The District Detroit will account for an economic impact of more than $2 billion by 2020 and create more than 20,000 construction and construction-related jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs.