The Wright Museum

19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
January 21, 2019 from 10 AM - 5 PM


The life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be celebrated at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on January 21, 2019. Events include the museum’s 19th Annual Martin Luther King Day Commemorative Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, J.D., M.A. followed by a daylong celebration with performances, workshops, arts and crafts, storytelling and much more! 


Ford Motor Rotunda

7:00 AM - Doors are open for Commemorative Breakfast

8:00 AM - Breakfast Begins ($35 per seat / $300 Table – Seats 10 | Free Valet Parking)

8:00 AM - Welcome, Sponsor Acknowledgement & Introductions
George Hamilton, Interim COO

8:02 AM - Prayer
Honorable Reverend JoAnn Watson, Educator & Talk Radio Host

8:04 AM - “Precious Lord Take My Hand” & “Total Praise”
Organic featuring Jill Hamilton*

8:19 AM - Al Elvin, President - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Detroit Chapter

8:50 AM - Breakfast Program Ends | Guests Enter General Motors Theater

Honorable Reverend JoAnn Watson

Jill Hamilton - Back Home

General Motors Theater

9:00 AM - Welcome, Introductions & Acknowledgments of Sponsor(s)
Charles Ezra Ferrell – Vice-President, Public Programs

9:02 AM - Sponsor Statement(s)

9:04 AM - “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Organic featuring Jill Hamilton

9:06 AM - Video Clips of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

9:09 AM - Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Pamela Alexander, Board Member

9:11 AM - Keynote Presentation:
The King in All of Us: Igniting the Activist Spirit
Gloria Browne-Marshall, J.D., M.A.

9:41 AM - “A Change is Going To Come”
Kenny Watson, Vocals & Barry

9:45 AM - Photographs with Sponsors and Distinguished Guests
Kennette Lamar, Museum Photographer

9:55 AM - Breakfast Program Close

Museum Store

10:00 AM - Book Sales: The Voting Right War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice

CD Sales: Back Home

Ford Motor Rotunda

Book Signing: Gloria Browne-Marshall

CD Signing: Jill Hamilton

* Jill Hamilton, Lead Vocals | Thomas Nance & Scott Mansur, Vocals | Barry Chambliss, Keyboards & Piano


Children & Young Adult Programming

GM Theatre

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM  - "The Hate U Give" Film Screening & Panel Discussion


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM -  Face-painting, Storytelling, & Crafts 

Contemporary Artists' Gallery

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Young, Gifted & Black Zone