MLK Day Celebration

Farmington Community Library, Farmington Hills:
32737 W. 12 Mile Rd.


2:00 PM | The History and Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen

Join us for a special prelude to MLK Day celebrating the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America’s first black military airmen. They came from every section of the country including New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Detroit. Each one possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States of America at the best of his ability. These airmen fought two wars – one against a military force overseas and the other against racism at home and abroad. Retired Lt. Col. Lawrence Millben, member of the Detroit Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, and others will discuss the history of the Airmen and his own experience as the first African American B.O. Davis Graduate and first African American Base Commander of the former Selfridge Air National Guard Base.


This program will be presented in a hybrid format: Zoom and in-person. The Library will email the Zoom link at least 30 minutes before the start time. You must register and provide your email address in order to receive the Zoom information. Registration is not required for in-person attendance.


Join us for a full day of celebrating the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. All of the day’s event will take place in person at Farmington Community Library’s Farmington Hills location.

10:00 AM | Sign-Making

Planning to join us for the Legacy March at 11:00 AM? Come early and make a sign for the march with us. Posters, sign handles, and markers will be provided. Find us on the main floor, near the entrance.

11:00 AM | Legacy March

A tradition dating back over 20 years, the Dr. King Legacy March is a favorite activity of families in the community. With our signs and posters, we will walk down the sidewalk along 12 Mile Rd. Please wear appropriate clothing for cold temperatures and icy sidewalks. 

In partnership with the Multicultural/Multiracial Council of Farmington/Farmington Hills

12:00 PM | Farmington IDEA Panel Discussion

Listen to 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 Greg Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, this panel will center youth voices on the legacy of Dr. King and what they want their future to reflect. This discussion will also be livestreamed on the Library’s YouTube Channel.

2:00 PM | Live Performance - Dr. King: the Movement of Freedom

Join us for an interactive presentation about the legacy of Rev. Dr. King. Anthony Lucas, Detroit Association of Black Storytellers member, will share facts about Dr. King and his ministry, speeches, and the importance of marching. Ernestine Worford, a vocalist often heard performing at The Henry Ford, will join Mr. Lucas for an unforgettable show.

3:30 PM | FPS Dance Company Presents MLK Day

FCL proudly presents the students of the Farmington Public School’s Dance Company, led by Toi Banks. High schoolers from North Farmington and Farmington High School will capture the spirit of the day with a contemporary performance that you won’t want to miss. 

6:30 PM | Student Community Challenge Showcase & Award Ceremony

View the artwork students entered in our inaugural MLK Day Student Community Challenge. Students will be available to answer questions about their work. The winners will be announced and awarded prizes at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. In partnership with The Multiracial/Multicultural Council of Farmington/Farmington Hills and the Community Equity Organization 

Students interested in submitting work for the Community Challenge can find complete information and the submission form here.

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