Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration 2019

Published on January 14, 2019

Local residents, businesses and organizations are invited to attend a community celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo State Theatre in downtown Kalamazoo. The program, held annually on the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday, is organized and hosted by Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare.

The 2018 MLK celebration theme is “Kneeling for Justice Then and Now: As You Choose.” This theme gives community members the opportunity to share values with one another and embrace the challenges of today from a community perspective. The event is also an opportunity to learn from lessons of the past so we can do our part in seeking social justice and overcoming inequality. The short, family-friendly program will feature local performers, dancers, singers and speakers providing a unique opportunity to connect as a community. 

“Collaboration is one the best ways we can advance the health of our community,” says Beth Washington, system director of community health, inclusion and equity at Bronson Healthcare. “We’re very excited to again co-sponsor this annual event that unites the community as one and celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

For more information on this event or if you have questions, contact Mikka Dryer, inclusion and equity project coordinator at Bronson Healthcare, at (269) 341-8323 or dryermi@bronsonhg.org.

The MLK Community Celebration in Kalamazoo on January 21 will be located at Kalamazoo State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 5 p.m. Purses and bags are welcome, but due to security measures, will be searched. Guests are encouraged to bring only what is necessary to expedite entry to the theater.