The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents the 13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Breakfast on Monday, January 21, 2013 beginning at 8 am. The breakfast sets the stage for a full day of activities honoring Dr. King and his legacy at the museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, on its most popular day of the year.
Hosted by the Women’s and Friends’ Committees of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the breakfast, an annual fundraiser for the museum and its ongoing educational programming, features an interfaith panel comprised of Pastor Jamie Kjos, Brightmoor Christian Church; Imad Hamad, President/CEO ACCHR; Rabbi Simcha Tolwin, Aish Hatorah of Detroit; and Pastor Robert L. Harris, St. Paul Church of God In Christ. Also included will be an invocation by Rev. Dr. Georgia Hill of Plymouth United Church of Christ, and performances by singer Armond and the Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College.
The Wright Museum opens to the public at 9 am with a full day of activities, and will remain open until 7 pm. The day’s schedule includes:
· 9 am: Museum opens to the general public
· 11 am – 3 pm: Freedom On My Mind children’s workshops and craft-making
· 1:30 pm & 3 pm: Music of the Movement concert performances
· 2 pm: This Little Light of Mine children’s storytelling
· 2 pm – 4 pm: Henry Ford Health System presents Ask the Doctor health screenings
· 3 pm: A King Among Us video tribute to Dr. King
Additionally, visitors will be able to view the Table of Brotherhood, on loan from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., National Memorial in Washington D.C. and signed by luminaries such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Spike Lee; and an official maquette (scale model) of the MLK National Memorial. The museum will also have a live video stream of the Presidential Inauguration, taking place for the first time on MLK Day, in the General Motors Theater.
Tickets for the Commemorative Breakfast are $35 and can be purchased online at www.TheWright.org, by calling (800) 838-3006, or at the museum during normal business hours. Discounted group tickets are available for $30 each when purchased in groups of 10; please call or visit the museum for group discounts. Tickets include admission to all MLK Day activities at the museum. Doors open at 7 am and breakfast will be served promptly at 8 am in the Museum’s Ford Freedom Rotunda. Valet parking will be available.
MLK Day activities and exhibits are free with museum admission, which is $8 for adults (ages 13-61), $5 for seniors (62+) and youth ages (3-12), and free for Museum members and children under 3.
Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information, please visit TheWright.org.