Events across Michigan on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(WNDU) – Communities across Michiana honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at several events on Monday January 16th.

Here is a list of some that are open to the public:

Lake Michigan College MLK Celebration Week

Events are part of Lake Michigan College’s MLK Celebration Week. Events are held at the LMC Mendel Center except where noted.

  • MLK Community Expo – 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
  • winter warm ride – 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m
  • Winter Warmth Kit Packing (Service Project) – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m
  • MLK Storytime – Bridgman Public Library – 4:00 p.m. (Different dates/times at other Berrien County libraries listed here.)
  • What do we really know about the law? – African American History & Literature Gallery – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (register for this panel discussion by clicking here)

For more MLK Celebration Week events taking place at Lake Michigan College this week, click here

League for Encouraging Empowerment

  • March of Unity – Downtown Cassopolis (walk from U,S, Post Office to Historic Courthouse parking lot) – 11am (RSVP here)

Elkhart Chapter of the Indiana Black Expo MLK Day Celebration

The events are part of the Elkhart chapter of Indiana Black Expo’s annual MLK Day Celebration.

  • breakfast – Elkhart Public Library (Downtown) – 7:30am
  • March to Community Missionary Baptist Church – Meet at Civic Plaza to march – 9:30am.
  • MLK Program – Community Missionary Baptist Church – 10:00 am (with keynote speaker Tiffany Curry, followed by lunch)

Goshen College “King Celebration”

Events are part of Goshen College’s ‘King Celebration’.

  • royal convocation – Church-Chapel – 10:00-11:30 (with keynote speaker Dr. Darryl Heller, Director of the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center and Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies)
  • Voices of Administration and Faculty: Call to Action (Breakout Session) – Church-Chapel – 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m

37th Annual Celebration and Recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Community

Includes workshops, vendors, music performances and more for all ages. You can find the full program by clicking here. Some notable events:

  • Undesigning the Red Lines Exhibition – Century Center, Suite 16 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation blood drive – Century Center, Convention Hall – 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic – Century Center, Suites 1-3 – 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
  • Finding joy after COVID – Century Center, Recital Hall – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
  • Strategies for Creating and Building Wealth in Communities of Color – Century Center, Suite 12 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
  • Traditional memorial march to the Century Center – County City Building Lobby – 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
  • i am a boss Elevate your startup! – Century Center, Recital Hall – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m
  • Young voices share their concerns about violence and other issues – Century Center, Recital Hall – 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m
  • Business plan award – Century Center, Suite 12 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m
  • MLK Youth Culture Program Awards for Youth Community Service – Century Center, Bendix Theater – 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the museums

The History Museum and Studebaker National Museum offer free admission to their museums from 10am to 5pm

A total of five tours are offered on the first floor of the Oliver Mansion, with tour times at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm