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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration – January 17, 2022

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Scheduled Events

We are honored to continue the tradition this year, which began over 26 years ago, celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year we are thrilled to partner with the Community Equity Organization, Farmington Public Schools, Multicultural Multiracial Community Council (MCMR) and the Farmington Friends of the Library to bring the community a full day of activities and remembrance.

Community Statements

Playlist: History of Marches and Readers Playlist: Statements from Public Officials on the Significance of MLK Day

Additional Video Community Statements
FPS Board Member Mable Fox

Please read written Community Statements
Chief Jeff King, Farmington Hills Police Department
Director Ted Wartham, Farmington Public Safety Department

1/5/2022 through 1/14/2022 — Sign Making for March – Farmington Community Library – Both Branches

Stop in the Children’s Departments at either library location during open hours and make a sign for the march on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. We’ll provide art supplies and suggestions. Leave the sign with us and we’ll assemble it for the march on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

11:00 a.m. — March down 12 Mile Rd.

With our signs and posters, we will march from the library down 12 Mile Rd. to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please wear appropriate clothing for cold temperatures and icy sidewalks.

12:00 p.m. — Farmington IDEA Panel Discussion on Zoom

Come hear an enlightening conversation around race and racism with local students. Farmington IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Acceptance), student clubs offered throughout Farmington and Farmington Hills schools, will be our panelists for the discussion. Moderated by Farmington Public Schools Dr. Bobbie Goodrum, Assistant Superintendent of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, this conversation will add the often overlooked youth voice to our community conversation. Please register here and include your email to receive the Zoom link for the discussion.

2:00 p.m. — Storytelling on Zoom

The Friends of the Farmington Community Library and the Multicultural Multiracial Community Council present a performance with Larry Castleberry, Vice-President of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers. Mr. Castleberry will share some forgotten and lesser-known history of Dr. King and his efforts to battle injustice. This storytelling performance will take place on Zoom. Participants must register to receive the meeting link and password. Please register here and include your email to receive the Zoom link for the discussion.

6:30 p.m. — Keynote and Community Dialogue on Zoom

This year’s keynote features Rev. Dr. Mayowa Lisa Reynolds, minister, activist, educator, and counselor. As we reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we focus on his words: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

After Dr. Reynolds’ speech concludes, join us for a community dialogue in small breakout rooms, as we ponder her words and how we might take action in our local communities. Sponsored by The Multicultural Multiracial Committee of Farmington and Farmington Hills and the Friends of the Library. Please register here and include your email to receive the Zoom link for the discussion.

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