Events for 2022

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Community Reflection

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Reflection is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to speak from their own experience/heart on this year’s theme.
Event Date: Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at 11 a.m. 

Location: Stetson Chapel

Open to the public

Contact Elizabeth Candido ( for questions/accommodations.

The Conviction Of Lady Larriane

It is a play by Dwandra Lampkin.

Event Dates: Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at 7 p.m. 
Location: Festival Playhouse at Kalamazoo College

Open to the public

Contact Laura Livingstone-McNelis ( for questions/accommodations.

Social Justice Youth Awards

The City of Kalamazoo is proud to recognize students for their accomplishments and leadership in the areas of racial and social justice. Students from the Kalamazoo area between the ages of 12-19 may be nominated for the Social Justice Youth Awards for activities, volunteerism, and commitment to causes that promote justice and equity for everyone. Nominations are accepted by adults who work with youth, such as teachers, advisors, mentors, or coaches. The City of Kalamazoo presents a Social Justice Youth Award in honor of Dr. Lewis Walker, a trailblazer for the progression of racial equity in Kalamazoo. Additional awards are presented by the program sponsors. Winners also receive a $300 scholarship. The winners will be recognized by the City Commission as part of events commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the City Commission Meeting on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 7 p.m. The 2022 Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

Event Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 7 p.m.

Location: Virtual. Registration Link here

Sponsors: City of Kalamazoo, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Consumers Energy, Fifth Third Bank, Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW), Life EMS, Lodge-Dennis, Schupan & Sons.

Contact Patricia Vargas ( or (269) 226-6500 for questions.

Youth Voices

The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre and Read And Write Kalamazoo (RAWK) are teaming up to honor MLK Day 2022 by celebrating and amplifying youth voices! We’re inviting Kalamazoo County youth in grades 4th–12th to join us for a 4-part workshop series to write, edit, polish, and perform their own monologues inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., our historical struggles for civil rights, and our community MLK Day theme, The time is always right to do what is right. To ensure COVID safety and to bolster access, this workshop series will be entirely virtual and take place through Google Classroom. Writers will meet virtually with RAWK and Civic staff and volunteers on Wednesdays November 17, December 1, December 15, and January 5 at 6 p.m. The recording will take place by appointment throughout the week of January 10th–14th. The group’s finished performance will be available to stream on MLK Day, Monday, January 17. RAWK and the Civic strongly value the thoughts, feelings, and lived experiences of the youth of our communities and we are dedicated to supporting them in expressing themselves fully and authentically throughout this workshop process. We recognize that youth will be exploring heavy topics and their words may at times be challenging for some listeners but we are committed to holding space for youth to express themselves free from censorship.

Event Date: Monday, January 17, 2022

Location: Virtual. Registration Link here. Register before Nov. 30, 2021.

Sponsors: RAWK (Read and Write Kalamazoo) and Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Contact or for questions.