Monday, January 21, 2013
Check out a book at the Royal Oak Public Library and pay your respects to the civil rights leader.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday 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, and schools will be closed today. 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 84 on Jan. 15. Librarian Rosemary Mirsky, of the Royal Oak Public Library, offers these titles to celebrate the life of the civil rights leader: Other book ideas: On DVD, the library’s holdings include: The library is open Monday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
As the nation recognizes Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, here's a look at the civil rights leader's Michigan connections.
On Monday morning, the students at St. Mary Catholic School in Royal Oak will be commemorating the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a day of service. "A student-led prayer service will be held in the morning, followed by a day filled with activities that bring a greater awareness of the hardships that many people face to the St. Mary students," said Principal Gabriela Bala. "St. Mary Parish hosts a warming shelter for the homeless during the month of January and all classes will be working to help feed the homeless guests, both physically and spiritually." Bala said some classes are making scarves, while others will make sandwiches and snack bags so that the homeless visitors can take a lunch with them for the day. …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
How will you honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 21?
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day–observed this year on Jan. 21–isn't just an extra holiday off of work and school. Groups all across the U.S. use the civil rights pioneer's holiday–proposed by Michigan Congressman John Conyers Jr. in 1968 and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983–as a day to pay tribute, educate, give back and reflect on the things MLK stood for in his lifetime. Here's a look at some of the events planned in the area surrounding MLK Day, and how you can get involved. This Monday, Jan. 21, marks the 20th anniversary of the University of Michigan-Dearborn's partnership with the MLK Day of Service. Students, staff, alumni and community members from UM-Dearborn, Henry Ford Community College and a slew of other colleges…