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This year marks the 36th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and 54 years since Dr. King’s assassination. Did you know: King’s birthday became a federal holiday in 1983, and was first observed in 1986. However, it wasn’t until 2000 that all 50 states had made it a state government holiday. See below for other facts, community events, and YDL resources that commemorate his legacy.


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More about EMU's MLK Day Celebration

Kicking off Friday, January 14 through January 17, EMU will celebrate MLK Day with the theme “Rising Together For Justice.” Events will include an academic conference, CloseUp Theatre Troupe performance, keynote speaker Justin Hansford, and more. Events will be virtual. Visit EMU’s MLK Day Celebration page for more details.

More About YDL's Race Relations Page

When profound events happen in our world, we’re a space where our community can process, learn, and grow. The Black Lives Matter movement has inspired curiosity and action, and our librarians and library staff have worked hard to make sure we’re living up to our mission. We’ve created lists of books, movies, and activities for adults, children, and families that are designed to elevate the conversation and promote learning.

More About WCC's MLK Day Celebration

Washtenaw Community College invites the public to celebrate MLK Day over Zoom on Thursday, January 13. Along with speeches from keynote speaker Victoria Burton-Harris, WCC president Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, and WCC students, this year’s Equity in Action awards will be presented. The Zoom link can be find on WCC’s website.

More About YDL's African American Interest Page

YDL has pulled together resources, events, book lists, and more that highlight or support Ypsi’s African American community. Whether you’re looking into your family history or searching for diverse children’s books, this interest page has the tools to help.

More About the Children & Youth Program
MLK Children & Youth Program (Virtual program)
Date: Monday, January 17, 2022
K-4: 9:30-10:30 AM
5-12: 10:30-11:30 AM