Macomb County celebrates MLK Day 2017

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday that, technically, marks the official birthday of one of our country’s greatest civil rights leaders, Martin Luther King, Jr. But, here in Macomb County, that day means so much more. Our county is particularly diverse in culture, something that we welcome with open arms.

In fact, we have an initiative here called OneMacomb that, much like Dr. King, shares the vision of a community that welcomes all people and celebrates their unique contributions. As such, OneMacomb’s main mission is to facilitate and support collaborative and community-based activities which promote this type of environment.

There are three events in particular OneMacomb will play a role in celebrating this MLK Day (Monday, Jan. 16).

The Macomb County Ministerial Alliance will hold its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at 9 a.m. at MacRay Harbor, 30675 N. River Road, Harrison Township. OneMacomb is a sponsor of this event, which has a theme this year of “Safe Policing in a Diverse Community,” featuring guest speaker Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. Wickersham and other officers from Macomb County police agencies will discuss bringing the community together in a safe environment. Other sponsorships are available, or, individual tickets can be purchased at $30 per adult and $10 per youth. Contact (586) 469-4974 for tickets.

In the afternoon, the Saint Clair Shores Youth Council is holding the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at South Lake High Auditorium, 21900 E. Nine Mile Road, St. Clair Shores. OneMacomb’s very own Rhonda Powell will be the keynote speaker at the event. For more information, visit www.diversityscs.org or www.facebook.com/scsyouth.

Also sponsored by OneMacomb that day is Interfaith Center for Racial Justice’s 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration of Macomb County at 6:30 p.m. at Dakota High School, 21051 20 Mile Road, Macomb, 48044. The theme, “A Sense of Justice,” will be highlighted by keynote speaker Jocelyn Benson, current CEO of Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality and former dean of Wayne State University Law School. Prior to the event, at 5 p.m., attendees will be allowed access to view pieces from the 2017 MLK Holiday High School Art Contest, as well as other exhibits. For sponsorship opportunities, email cs_icrj@att.net or call (586) 463-3675.

As much as we would like to, OneMacomb cannot be involved in all of Macomb County’s MLK Day celebrations. Here are a couple more we encourage you to attend, if this subject is of interest to you. (There are also countless other events throughout southeastern Michigan if you find yourself somewhere other than Macomb County that day.)

2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
This is Macomb Community College’s largest volunteer event of the year. Several hundred students, faculty and staff will volunteer in their local communities through different opportunities provided by the college. There are two days where those interested can participate: Saturday, Jan. 14 or Monday, Jan. 16. For any questions or information, email mlkday@macomb.edu.

MLK Jr. Day Story Time at the Roseville Public Library
Rosie Chapman, aka “Miz Rosie-The Storyteller,” tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life through the eyes of his wife, Coretta Scott King. Story time is from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at 29777 Gratiot Avenue, Roseville, and the cost is free. Call (586) 445-5407 to reserve a spot or for more information.

MLK Day is one of many activities OneMacomb is a part of throughout the entire year. Stay tuned to our website, Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on what we are engaging with in 2017.

Sarah Cormier works for the Macomb County Executive Office as a communications specialist.

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