MLK Activities in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo-There are many activities and volunteer opportunities available for folks to participate in a city-wide celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy. Many organizations are seeking volunteers to help with specific programming or projects at each location.
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9am-2pm-Fresh Fire Workers
Community Homeworks
City of Kalamazoo Parks and Rec Workers
9:30am -12pm-Girls on the Run-Coach Kit Organizer
5-6:30PM Bronson Community Gathering(free information available about many grassroots organizations)

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Face Off Theatre Company’s The Mountaintop

Kalamazoo, MI-Martin Luther King Jr.,an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, power speaker and public leader was a great man. Katori Hall, American playwright explores Dr. King as a man. Taking place at the Lorraine Motel,in Memphis, Tennessee.The reimagination of the events the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King returns to his room at the Lorraine Motel from delivering a speech earlier that day When a maid arrives with with news and King is made aware of his r his importance to the movement and realizations of himself as just a man, but a purpose that belongs with so many.

The show stars Tanisha Pyron and Kenajuan Bentley, as the maid, Camae, and King, respectively. Both are alumni of Western Michigan University’s theater department. Bentley is a professional actor in Los Kenajuan Bentely as MLK and Tanisha Pyron as CamaeAngeles and has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Pyron is a member of Face Off and is completing her graduate degree in acting.

Opening night is January 14 on Kalamazoo College’s campus. It will be held at Nelda Balch Festival Playhouse. The show runs from January 14-17 at 8pm and January 17 at 2pm. For more information visit

Happy Birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday January 20, Americans from diverse backgrounds and communities will celebrate the life andMartin Luther King Jr vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who fought for equality and  justice.  He dedicated his life to ending racism and all forms of discrimination.  In 1968, Dr. King was on an environmental justice mission for Memphis striking sanitation workers. He was murdered by an assassin’s bullet before he could complete his mission.

Today, we are still confronted with injustices that threatens the lives of millions of African-Americans and other people of color.

A 15 year battle, Congressman John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, petitioned for 15 years  and introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968. After the bill became stalled,  a collection of six million names were submitted to Congress.

Conyers and Rep. Shirley Chisholm, Democrat of New York, resubmitted King holiday legislation each subsequent legislative session. Public pressure for the holiday gained momentum during the 1982 and 1983 civil rights marches in Washington.

Congress passed the holiday legislation in 1983, which was then signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. MLK Day is celebrated on the third Monday of January.

Check local listings for MLK celebration activities throughout Kalamazoo and surrounding communities.

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