Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here are five ways to recognize the day.
1. Visit the Detroit Zoo
- Where: Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak
- When: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday
- Why go: The Detroit Zoological Society is offering a discount of $2 off all regular-price admissions to the Detroit Zoo in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The discount is available only with a coupon, which can be printed off the Zoo’s website (visit www.detroitzoo.org and click on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day banner on the home page).
- Where: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren Avenue at Brush Street, Detroit
- When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday
- Why go: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is The Wright Museum's busiest day of the year - and with good reason. It's an exciting day of celebration that includes children's workshops, arts and crafts, musical performances, storytelling, video tributes, special displays of MLK-related artifacts including The Table of Brotherhood and a scale model of the Martin Luther King Jr., National Memorial in Washington D.C., and more.
- Where: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit
- When: 8-10 a.m. Monday
- Cost: $35
- Tickets: thewright.org
- Why go: Breakfast is from 8 - 9 a.m. in the Ford Freedom Rotunda followed by a program in the General Motors Theater featuring Reverend Dr. Carlyle Fielding Stewart III, Senior Pastor, Hope United Methodist Church, Charleston; Charleston, South Carolina'scontemporary violinist Daniel Davis performing "The Dream Today;" China Cochran, Lyric Soprano; 2013 Miss Michigan American Sweetheart Isabella Vesprini; and the Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College.
- Where: The Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit
- When: 2 p.m. Monday
- Cost: $8.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.
- Why go: This monumental documentary follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Rare footage of King's speeches, protests, and arrests are interspersed with scenes of other high-profile supporters and opponents of the cause, punctuated by heartfelt testimonials by some of Hollywood's biggest stars. See more at: www.dia.org.
- Where: Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. 11 Mile Road
- When: 10 a.m - 9 p.m. Monday
- Why go: Want more information on the civil rights icon? Check out the library for information about Martin Luther King Jr. There are autobiographies, memoirs and audiobooks available for children and adults.