Martin Luther King Jr. Week to be celebrated in person


A group of marchers participate in the Martin Luther King Day CommUNITY March Jan. 20 South Washington Street.

Central Michigan University's annual week-long celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy hosted by Multicultural Academic Student Services will take place during the week of Jan. 17. 

Five events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. will take place on campus from Monday to Friday. Most are are free and open to the public. Additionally, seating for in-person events is limited on a first-come-first-served basis.  One event will be taking place over WebEx. The CommUNITY Peace Service, which takes place on Monday, will also have a virtual option for attendees. 

The annual event, Tunnel of Oppression is postponed to February 17 according to the president of the Mile in our Shoes RSO, Maya Savedra.

"It feels great to be able to host events in person this year," Wade Tomson, assistant director of the Multicultural Academic Student Services, said. " It’s hard to feel a sense of community when we are all separated and attending through virtual settings."

Event details for MLK Week are below:

 Monday, January 17, 2022
CommUNITY Peace Service, Day of Service to follow
9:30 a.m.
Finch Fieldhouse

* Due to COVID, there will be no food served this year.

Monday, January 17, 2022
CommUNITY Peace March and Vigil
3 p.m.
Bovee UC
Pick-Up at Each Residential Area

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Movie: Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise: Part II
6 p.m.
Bovee UC Auditorium 302

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Keynote Speaker: Philonise Floyd
6 p.m.
Webex Code: 2624 581 4259
Password: 4xXr6PXp2sz

Friday, January 21, 2022
Charity Basketball Game
6 p.m.
Student Activity Center