Eastern Michigan University kicks off week-long Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration with commemorative march

As part of Eastern Michigan University’s week-long Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. You are invited to cover the second day of events, including:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative March: Martin Luther King Garden with MLK Statue (Located between Boone and Welch Hall), 3:30 p.m.

Join members of the University and surrounding community today as they reflect upon the historical significance of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March by thousands of non-violent demonstrators, and march across campus from the MLK Garden to the Student Center. Individuals can join the march at any point along the route.

MLK Opening Celebration Reception and Essay Scholarship Showcase: 310 A/B Student Center, 4-5:30 p.m.

The opening reception program will follow the Commemorative March from the MLK Garden to the Student Center. It will be hosted by Dr. Eric Reed, Director, TRIO Student Support Services (SSS).

EMU President James Smith will deliver opening remarks to kick off the 34th annual MLK celebration. The Diversion Dance Troupe will perform a selection in remembrance of Dr. King's legacy. 

The MLK Student Essay Scholarship Showcase will feature EMU student essays that in some way exemplify, relate to, connect with, or inform our understanding of Dr. King's legacy.

The essays will be judged and three students will be selected to each receive a $500 scholarship in recognition of their work. The winners of the student essay showcase will be announced later in the reception

The full list of events and activities can be found on the celebration website. All events are hosted on EMU’s campus.

Photo and interview opportunities will be available at all events.

Please feel free to contact me if you’re interested in attending any of the events and I am happy to help facilitate!



Morgan Mark

Media Relations Specialist



January 16, 2020

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