Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is honored for his work and legacy as the leader of the Civil Rights Movement every year in January. This year, the federal holiday is happening on Monday, Jan. 21.

Here are some local events happening in the area that will celebrate and remember King.

Urban League MLK breakfast
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19th Annual MLK Breakfast sponsored by the Urban League of West Michigan

What: The Urban League will be paying homage to to Dr. King's legacy with their breakfast. This year's theme is "Just Imagine—Creating a Legacy." U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) will be speaking at the breakfast. 

When: Monday at 7:30 a.m.

Where: DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Willie Jennings
Willie Jennings is an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University.
Courtesy: Calvin College

Dreaming the End of Racial America with Willie Jennings at Calvin College

What: As a part of Calvin College's January speaker series, Yale University Professor Willie Jennings will be speaking on MLK Day. The name of his presentation is called "Dreaming the End of Racial America."

When: Monday at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center, 1795 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Grand Valley State University hosts a silent march, hears from David Stovall

What: David Stovall, a professor of African American studies and criminology, law and justice at the University of Illinois Chicago is the keynote speaker for Grand Valley's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week. A silent march on campus will precede Stovall's presentation. 

When: Monday at 1:30 p.m. 

Where: GVSU Fieldhouse Arena, 10915 N. Campus Drive, Allendale, Mich. 

See all of the events happening during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week at GVSU.

File photo of the Holland Museum.
File photo of the Holland Museum.

Holland Museum hosts How Would You Change the World?

What: The Holland Museum will be free of charge to celebrate MLK Day. Families are invited to learn about inventors from diverse backgrounds and explore how you change the world. 

When: Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street, Holland, Mich. 

MLK Day March & Celebration at Aquinas College

What: Aquinas College is hosting a march in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. They will walk around the campus, then circle back to the Donnelly Center to hear a lecture from Pastor Glenn of Revolution Culture Movement and Light. 

When: Monday at 3 p.m.

Where: Aquinas College Donnelly Center, 157 Woodward Lane, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

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Opera Grand Rapids

Opera Grand Rapids Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration

What: Mark Rucker and the Opera Grand Rapids Chorus will be performing at the 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. 

When: Monday at 6 p.m.

Where: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did a question and answer session after he comcluded his speech on the Western Michigan University campus on December 18, 1963.
WMU Archives and Regional History Collections and University Libraries

Western Michigan University MLK Day events

What: Western Michigan University is hosting a number of events to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. including a keynote address from Khalid el-Hakim, a teach-in, a commemorative walk and more. See all the events here

When: Throughout the day on Monday

Where: Western Michigan University, 1903 Western Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, Mich. 

Cleopatra Kennedy
NorthPointe Christian Schools

Cleopatra Kennedy sings and speaks at NorthPointe Christian Schools

What: Gospel singer Cleopatra Kennedy will be singing and sharing stories from the civil rights movement. Tickets are free, but you must register here to attend

When: 7 p.m. 

Where: NorthPointe Christian Middle School and High School, 3101 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

10 quotes to remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

In addition to the events listed above, thousands of Michiganders will be participating in the Michigan Community Service Commission's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service volunteer projects. 

The commission is supporting 24 projects across the state, including a food drive in Muskegon at United Way of the Lakeshore. 

The City of Kentwood is also having a day of service and it is holding a food drive to stock its Little Free Pantry on MLK Day. 

Additionally, Spectrum Health is honoring King's legacy by encouraging their employees to volunteer on Monday, Jan. 21 or during the week. Nearly 500 employees have committed to volunteering. 

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