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.

"Past, Present, and Future: Living the Dream" is the theme of this year's celebration which includes events throughout 2014 to honor the 51st anniversary of King's visit to WMU in 1963. All events are free and open to the public. 


Wednesday, Jan. 15

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Texas Township Campus, Student Commons Lyceum, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
    Bring your Martin Luther King Jr. readings and celebrate his birthday by enjoying his writings.

Friday, Jan. 17

  • Community Reflection
    11 a.m.
    Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College
    Theme: Redeem the Dream: All Hands on Deck.

Saturday, Jan. 18

  • 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. 19

  • The 28th Annual Northside Ministerial Alliance Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
    4 p.m.
    Galilee Baptist Church, 1216 N. Westnedge Ave.
    Keynote: Rev. Dr. Michael Nabors, pastor of New Calvary Baptist Church, and professor of homiletics and director of the Master of Divinity program at Ecumenical Theological Society.

Monday, Jan. 20

  • City of Kalamazoo Communitywide Day of Service
    8 a.m.
    Meet at City Hall, 241 W. South St.
    Volunteer opportunities available
  • Convocation
    10:50 a.m.
    Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College
    Keynote: Jevon Caldwell Gross ’05, Kalamazoo College Board of Trustee member and pastor of Hamilton Memorial United Methodist Church.
  • 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.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

  • Making Connections: MLK on the “Giant Triplets of Racism, Materialism, and Militarism”
    7 p.m.
    Bernhard Center, Room 208
    An examination of MLK’s resistance to racism, materialism and militarism, and his prophetic vision for nonviolence, peace and social justice. Organizers: Dr. Don Cooney, WMU associate professor social work, and Dr. Ron Kramer, WMU professor of sociology.

Monday, Jan. 27

  • Ministry and Mental Health Forum
    5 to 8 p.m.
    Galilee Baptist Church
    1216 North Westnedge
    Panel discussion featuring clergy and mental health professionals focusing on spirituality and mental health. Mental health agency booths will be set-up at the location between 5 to 6 p.m. Participants will be able to view the agency display booths and gather information about their services. Art made by clients of various mental health programs will be on display as a reflection of the importance of reducing mental health stigmatization. The panel discussion will take place between 6 to 8 pm. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to with your full name, organization and/or church by Monday, Jan. 20. Contact Curtis or Pamela Robinson at (269) 205-3356 or email at Sponsor: Emerging HOPE Family Strengthening Program.

Jan. 27 to Feb. 24

  • Common Read Experience
    4 p.m.
    WMU Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, Kalamazoo
    “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” by Steve Harvey, for the first six to 10 student participants. Focus is on building healthy romantic relationships among college students. Meets weekly for six weeks. Contact Dr. Glinda Rawls at (269) 387-5108 or Organizers: Dr. Shamika Hall, WMU part-time instructor, and Dr. Glinda Rawls, WMU associate professor, both of counselor education and counseling psychology.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

  • Discussion: Is Our Past Brighter Than Our Future?
    6:30 p.m.
    Bernhard Center, Rooms 208-209
    Discussion examining racial progress, professional and social success, and unity amongst African-American college students. Organizers: You Beautiful Black Woman and First-Year Experience programs.

Thursday, Feb. 13

  • Suicide Prevention: A Campuswide Call for Action
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Multiple campus locations
    Presentations and discussion designed to help raise awareness of suicide and build skills for intervention. Sponsor: Campuswide Suicide Prevention Program

Wednesday, Feb. 26

  • Panel Discussion: Promoting Diversity in Science-related Careers
    Bernhard Center, Rooms 208-210
    Discussion with a panel of WMU alumni in science-related careers targeted at current undergraduate and graduate students. Organizer: Dr. David L. Huffman, WMU associate professor of chemistry.