Events

Activities at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College and across the broader Kalamazoo community are planned to honor slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., including a convocation, march, day of service, educational programs and presentations.

"The Courage to Dream: The Determination to Achieve" is the theme of this year's celebration which includes events throughout 2015 to honor the 52nd anniversary of King's visit to WMU in 1963. All events are free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, Jan. 14

WMU and Kalamazoo Public Schools Social Justice Book Bowl

5 p.m., Linden Grove Middle School

Elimination competition for middle and high school students from surrounding area school districts.

Thursday, Jan. 15

"The Legacy of Dr. King 46 years later: Where are we on Affirmative Action? Are we living the same reality?"

11 a.m., Room 4240, Student Commons Theater, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Speaker: Buddy Hannah; poet, author and radio commentator for "Talk It Up," 95.5 FM in Kalamazoo.

Friday, Jan. 16

Community reflection

11 a.m., Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College

Saturday, Jan. 17

Public School Students' Visitation

9 a.m., registration, East Ballroom, Bernhard Center

Open to middle and high school students and parents and guardians from Kalamazoo Public Schools and surrounding school districts

Sunday, Jan. 18

The 29th Annual Ministerial Alliance Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

4 p.m., Galilee Baptist Church, 1216 N. Westnedge Ave.

Keynote: Dr. Forrest Harris, president of American Baptist College, Nashville, Tennessee.

Monday, Jan. 19

City of Kalamazoo Communitywide Day of Service

8 a.m., City Hall, 241 W. South St.

Volunteer opportunities available.

10:50 a.m., Convocation, Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College

Keynote: Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit Branch NAACP; founder of the Freedom Institute for Economic, Social Justice and People Empowerment and the Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee. 

March to MLK Park

Start at 3:30 p.m. at the flagpole at Kanley Chapel, WMU; to Kalamazoo College Red Square, corner of Thompson and Academy streets, at 4 p.m.; to MLK Park, corner of Rose Street and West Michigan Avenue, at 4:30 p.m.