UM-Dearborn will host a week of programs and events dedicated to the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 13, 2009

DEARBORN / Jan. 13, 2009---To commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the University of Michigan-Dearborn will host a week of programs and events dedicated toward nonviolent social improvement, the development of positive communities and regional reconciliation.

The week will kick off with a Freedom March at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15 beginning at the University Center circle drive. The march, presented by campus’s Black Student Union and the National Society of Black Engineers, is a student-led initiative that will conclude with a gathering at the Social Sciences Building.

On Monday, Jan. 19, volunteers from campus and the surrounding community will spend the day helping others in honor of the 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Day, which commemorates the achievements of the late civil rights leader.

The campus is collaborating on the event with United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Henry Ford Community College and Madonna University.

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 community service event was established in 1994 by UM-Dearborn and United Way Community Services. Last year, volunteers visited sites around metropolitan Detroit, including nonprofit agencies, soup kitchens, senior centers and schools.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, there will be a viewing session of the presidential inauguration from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Kochoff Hall.

On Thursday, Jan. 22, the Women’s Resource Center at UM-Dearborn will present its third annual MLK Noon Day Observance Program from noon to 1 p.m. in Kochoff Hall. The event will commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and include guest speaker Karen S. Williams, who has published numerous journals, magazines, newspapers and anthologies, including Tavis Smiley’s Keeping the Faith.

The week will conclude on Friday, Jan. 23 with “Conversation on Race: Diversity in the Workplace” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Kochoff Hall. 

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



CONTACT: Jennifer Thelen
PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn