UM-Dearborn celebrates life of Martin Luther King Jr. with week of events kicking off with Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 17

January 12, 2011

DEARBORN / Jan. 12, 2011 - "If life is to be complete, we must move beyond our self-interest,” said Martin Luther King, Jr. To commemorate his life and legacy the University of Michigan-Dearborn will host a week of programs and events inspired by this quote and dedicated toward nonviolent social improvement and the development of positive communities.

The week kicks off on Monday, Jan. 17, with the 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day of Service. The community service event, which was established by UM-Dearborn and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, brings more than 600 volunteers to sites around metropolitan Detroit, including nonprofit agencies, soup kitchens, senior centers and schools.    

The MLK Day of Service runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with participants meeting at the University Center (UC) on the UM-Dearborn campus and then departing for their selected sites. The group reconvenes at 12:30 p.m. for a reflection lunch featuring Detroit native and Cody high school graduate Jessica Care moore, an internationally renowned poet, publisher, activist, rock star, playwright and actor.

The University collaborates on the event with Madonna University, Davenport University, Henry Ford Community College, Oakland University, Oakland Community College, Wayne State University and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Northern Michigan University will also be participating this year, with 15 students spending the weekend in southeastern Michigan working on service projects and learning about the area.

Volunteers will be dispersed throughout the metropolitan Detroit area to support local community agencies. Among the activities, volunteers will assist Bridging Communities Inc. with elder home beautification initiatives in Southwest Detroit; work hand-in-hand constructing affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity; renovate abandoned homes with Motor City Blight Busters; and partner with Gleaners Community Food Bank to sort and pack food items to be delivered to local charities and shelters.    

The week continues with a variety of events for students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members on the UM-Dearborn campus.

Tuesday, Jan. 18 features a lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson at 10 a.m. in Kochoff Hall A. Wilkinson will discuss the various social issues that are often addressed in political cartoons and the impact they have on the public. At noon, the Mardigian Library Book Club will discuss “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance – A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power” by Danielle McGuire in Room 1212, Mardigian Library. The film “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” will be shown and discussed at 7:30 p.m. in Room 1225, UC.

Students will come together at the University Center for a commemorative march organized by the Black Student Union at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19. At 11:30 a.m. the UM-Dearborn Student Government will host a Town Hall Meeting sponsored by Student Government and the Office for Inclusion in Kochoff Hall. UM-Dearborn’s Community Involvement and Volunteerism Center (The CIViC) will host an Open House at 3 p.m. in 1290 UC. The film, “The Calling” will be shown and discussed at 5 p.m. in Room 1225, UC.

Activities continue on Thursday, Jan. 20 with the Black History 101 Mobile Museum coming to campus. The Black History 101 Mobile Museum is an innovative grassroots-based project that exhibits 50-100 museum quality memorabilia on neighborhood streets to college campuses and anywhere in between. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Kochoff Hall A. At noon UM-Dearborn’s Women’s Resource Center will presents its 5th annual Noon Day Observance in Kochoff Hall C, featuring UM-Dearborn alumnus Rev. Horace L. Sheffield III. The film, “A Village Called Versailles,” will be shown and discussed at 5 p.m. in Room 1225, UC.

For more information about MLK Day, visit or call the Student Activities Office at 313-593-5390.  


About University of Michigan-Dearborn
Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.


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