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What's Open, Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Here's your guide to holiday hours in Royal Oak.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday Monday is an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of one of our nation's greatest civil right leaders. As such, many state and local offices, banks and credit unions, schools and libraries will be closed.

King, who urged nonviolent resistance as a means to protest racial and other human rights injustices, was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, TN, and would have turned 83 on Sunday.

The 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner delivered an early version of his I Have a Dream speech during a 1963 rally in Detroit.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character," he said later that year during his famous speech in Washington, DC.

Here's a look at what will be open and closed in Royal Oak. Please leave a comment if you have something to add.

What's closed

City of Royal Oak

  • The will be closed Monday. There will be no regular mail delivery.
  • The offices will be closed Monday.
  • will be closed Monday.

  • No classes will held Monday in observance of the holiday.

  • No classes will held Monday in observance of the holiday.

  • No classes will held Monday in observance of the holiday.

What's open

City of Royal Oak

  •  will be open Monday.
  • The will be open Monday.
  • The will be open and is offering a

  • Classes will be in session.

What's happening

Several communities are marking the holiday with events, assemblies and peace marches.

An is planned Monday at Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield. Also, doors open at 7 a.m. Monday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, which is offering a commemorative breakfast and a .

To find ways to celebrate the holiday by volunteering, or leave comment to share other opportunities in Royal Oak or nearby.

For those who prefer a more creative way to meditate on the civil rights leader's life, Painting with a Twist in Ferndale will offer a special art session Monday.

  • When: 2-4:30 p.m. Monday
  • Where: Why go: Honor Martin Luther King with your own rendition of  “I Have a Dream,” an original artwork done by Wendy Fournier specifically for this event. Also featured will be two local authors, Sandra Epps and Marlin Page, discussing their new books on motivating children and young adults, as well as complimentary handmade snacks from local business, Pop Pop Pop. 
  • Cost: $30
  • What else: For more information call 248-850-7182 or visit www.paintingwithatwist.com/Ferndale.

Know of another business in Royal Oak that will have special hours or events this weekend? Leave a comment.

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