2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day : Local Holiday Events

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Highlighted MLK Activities in Washtenaw County 

Martin Luther King Jr. said in his 1963 book, Strength to Love,  “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday January 17, 2002 and we’ve rounded up several ways that local Washtenaw County residents can grow through learning and also celebrate the holiday throughout the next week.


Washtenaw Community College:  MLK Day Celebration

Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 3:30pm – 5:00pm 

Virtual event with keynote speaker: Victoria Burton-Harris 

Burton-Harris, a Flint native, serves as chief assistant prosecutor for Washtenaw County. 

Watch this event HERE.


University of Michigan’s MLK Children & Youth Program

Monday, January 17, 2022

Grades K-4: 9:30-10:30am, Register Here

Grades 5-12: 10:30-11:30am, Register Here

More information on this event can be found HERE.


Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation (NAP) 

Monday January 17, 2022 1pm – 3pm at Barton Nature Area (1010 W. Huron River Dr. Ann Arbor)

Day of Service event to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Volunteers will join hundreds of thousands of people across the country who are also answering King’s call to serve and make a difference in their community on this national day of service. 

Pre Register HERE to participate. 


UM’s Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium presents keynote speaker: Rashad Richey

MLK symposium theme: This is America

Monday January 17, 2022 at Hill Auditorium at 10:00am (825 N University Ave. Ann Arbor)

Doors open at 9:30am. Event is FREE and open to the public.  No tickets needed.  

Livestream services will be available through the MLK website HERE.

For more information on the events can be found HERE


Eastern Michigan University

Friday January 14 – Monday January 17, 2022, EMU will be hosting a series of events. 

More information on the events can be found HERE.


Ann Arbor District Library

The Ann Arbor District Library has a series of videos planned for Monday, January 17 to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. In His Own Words is a collection of quotes from speeches, articles, and correspondences that MLK delivered throughout his life. 

AADL is highlighting one hand-drawn quote at the top of each hour from 10 am to 8 pm featured at aadl.org/mlk with a little bit of historical context around each quote, including links to learn more. 

AADL will also publish a new episode of its podcast Body of Work, focusing on the life’s work of MLK. Body of work is available wherever you get your podcasts, or at aadl.org/bodyofwork.

More information on AADL events can be found HERE.


University of Detroit Mercy celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.  

University of Detroit Mercy is commemorating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a pair of events in mid-January. 

Thursday January 20, 2022 12:45pm – 2:00pm 

Alex Zamalin, associate professor of Political Science and director of the African American Studies program at Detroit Mercy, and a student panel will discuss King’s legacy in a webinar. Register in advance HERE..

Tuesday January 25, 2022 4:30pm – 6:30pm 

Students and employees can create their own African mask for an arts and crafts contest in the McNichols Campus Library.

The University will also celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events throughout February. 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that,” Martin Luther King Jr. said in, Strength to Love.