Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

Published on January 13, 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration 

Local residents, businesses and organizations are invited to attend a community celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo State Theatre in downtown Kalamazoo. The free program, held annually on the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday, is organized and hosted by Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare.

The 2020 MLK celebration theme is “Injustice to One is Injustice to All.” This theme gives community members the opportunity to share values with one another, reflect on lessons of the past and work together to seek social justice and overcome inequality. The short, family-friendly program will feature local speakers and performers such as Rootead and Kandace “DC” Lavender. Artwork from the top 15 finalists of the Social Justice Art Competition will also be on display.

“Connecting with people from all walks of life is a wonderful way to advance the health of our communities,” says Beth Washington, vice president of community health, equity and inclusion at Bronson Healthcare. “We’re very proud to continue to co-sponsor this annual event that brings the community together and celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

“We are dedicated to serving all people,” says Chris McClead, director of ministry formation at Ascension Borgess. “We believe through our efforts to be a healing presence, we are building a more compassionate and just society similar to the incredible life and legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.” 

The Kalamazoo State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick St., will open its doors for the event at 5 p.m. and the program will begin at 5:30 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 theatre.

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