Local districts hold community events to celebrate life of MLK


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day honors one of our nation’s greatest civil rights leaders by deeming it a Day of Service with the goal of empowering individuals to work together to build stronger communities. Many local districts in Oakland Schools are participating through a variety of events:

Berkley and Royal Oak
Day of Service
7:45 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
Royal Oak High School, 1500 Lexington Blvd, Royal Oak, 48073
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The event will begin with a light breakfast, followed by inspirational performances from students. Admission is free with the donation of one or more items. Beginning around 9 a.m., various onsite and offsite volunteer opportunities will be available for participants. Onsite, participants will be able to help collect and sort items for area charities and craft blankets for Children’s Hospital. Attendees can also volunteer offsite. Yad Ezra, The New Foster Care, Neighbors Building Redford Brightmore and Cass Community Social Services are all taking volunteers from the event. To sign-up for onsite and offsite opportunities, visit the event’s SignUp Genius page: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4badad22a2fa7-mlkday1.

 Birmingham Public Schools
Day On, Day One: MLK Day of Service
9 a.m. to noon
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
Groves High School, 20500 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills, 48025
More information/Registration
Students in grades K-12 and families will pack buckets for Disaster Relief at Work (DRAW), make animal toys for a local shelter, assemble care kits for the homeless and help with other caring community projects. Participants are encouraged to bring an item to fill our local food pantries! (No glass jars, please.) Some collection materials could be pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut (or other nut) butter, jelly, canned tuna or chicken and granola bars.

Farmington Public Schools
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
10 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
Farmington Community Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, 48334
More information/Registration

Lake Orion Community Schools
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “What are you doing for others’
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
Lake Orion High School auditorium, 495 E. Scripps road, Orion Charter Township, 48360
More information/Registration
Come celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, diversity, civil rights and helping others; artwork from students will be on display; live student performances; MLK contest winner recognition; short speeches; refreshments.

Novi Community School District
Unity in the Community – Our Voices!
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
Fuerst Auditorium, Novi High School, 24062 Taft Road, Novi, 48375

Oakland Community College
Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
10 a.m. to noon
Smith Theatre-Oakland County Community College, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, 48334
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The Convocation features keynote speaker Desiree Cooper, a live performance by Oakland Early College’s School of Rock and inspiring student reflections on how Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy has affected their community and shaped their lives. All guests are welcome to join us for the reception and book signing after the event in the Smith Theatre Lobby!

 Oak Park Schools
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keeper of the Promise Celebration
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
9 a.m.
Oak Park High School, 13701 Oak Park Blvd., Oak Park, Michigan 48237
More information/Registration

 Rochester Community Schools
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Rochester Community Schools Administration Building, 501 W. University Drive, Rochester, 48307
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Presentation by Delma Jackson will use storytelling to take the audience on a journey to learn about the cumulative impacts of race and Federal Housing Administration policies. He will also draw focus on how the wealth and education gap was created and continues to persist today. Jackson compares his grandfather’s story to Bill O’Reilly’s to engage the audience and provide a story that forces one to think deeper about systemic racism. To enhance the presentation, Michigan Roundtable will be hosting a pop-up exhibit to facilitate discussion of historical landmark cases from the 1900s, through the Great Migration, to 1968. This exhibit will be open to the public for viewing Jan. 21-25 in the Harrison Room.

Rochester Community Schools
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rochester Community Schools Administration Building, 501 W. University Drive, Rochester, 48307
More information/Registration
Dinner and dialogue with Rochelle Riley, columnist for the Detroit Free Press and author of The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery. Riley will be facilitating a panel discussion designed to help educators and families understand the historical and present impact that social justice issues have on students, educators, schools and communities. The panel will include Jay Marks, Ph.D., Oakland Schools diversity consultant; Joyce Piert, Ph.D., author of Alchemy of the Soul; Naomi Khalil, director of instructional equity at Farmington Public Schools; and Kimberly Thomas, Equal Opportunity Schools project director. The panelists will share their perspectives regarding systemic inequities in the public education system and begin a deep dive into how society can begin to dismantle them.

Troy School District
MLK Day of Service
8:30 a.m.
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
Troy Athens High School
More information/Registration
The City of Troy and the Troy School District partner for this wonderful opportunity to participate in three on-site service projects. Come join us to pack care packages for troops overseas, tie fleece blankets for children in local hospitals, chemo patients and veterans, and donate blood through the Red Cross. Participants will have the chance to sign up for the bone marrow registry through the Girl Scouts and buy sweet treats through Swirl Cupcakes, a student organization that donates 100 percent of the proceeds to Open Pantry and other charities. The Troy MLK Day of Service begins with a free breakfast at Athens High School at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, followed by a short program. All projects are on site immediately after. Donations of fleece and items for our troops are still needed.

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
5 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
Walled Lake Northern High School, 6000 Bogie Lake Road, Commerce, 48382
More information/Registration
The evening’s events will include a multicultural dinner, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., complete with ethnic food from around the world prepared by different local restaurants. There will be a student art work exhibition from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. The event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Sylvia Hollifield, an MSU program coordinator for elementary and secondary student teachers in the Detroit area. Dr. Hollifield will speak about this year’s theme “Heroes in the Community: Women Making a Difference.” The program will begin at 6:15 p.m., and will also include performances by student choirs, presentations by several students about their “Express Yourself” projects and recognition of this year’s Alec Bender Friend of Diversity Award recipients. This event is free and open to the entire community to attend.

West Bloomfield School District
25th Annual United We Walk – MLK365 On The Run: What Are We Doing For Others?
2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019
West Bloomfield High School, 4925 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield, 48323
More information/Registration
United We Walk will present a short program in the high school’s entrance atrium. Following the program, attendees will then walk as a group down Orchard Lake Road to Walnut Lake Road and then return to the high school. The West Bloomfield High School winter drumline, under the direction of Noah Dyer and Chris Vilag, will lead the walk. After the walk, complimentary light refreshments will be served in the high school atrium sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Iota Rho Lambda Chapter, Oakland County Chapter. Attendees will then after have the opportunity to participate in a community service project to benefit Grace Centers of Hope through the creation of Hands-On Care Packages.

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