Jan 21: YDL Celebrates the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Ypsilanti District Library will be honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy on Monday, January 21 with entertainment and activities.  Starting at 1:30 pm at YDL-Michigan (229 W. Michigan Avenue), Rev. Robert Jones, singer, storyteller and instrumentalist, will educate and entertain families in an afternoon of roots music with a focus on African-American music, exploring not only the beginning of popular music styles such as gospel, blues, R&B, country and rap, but the impact that these styles have made in terms of the Civil Rights Movement and social change.  The performance will be followed by fun making a shekere and harmonica, and repeated showings of Martin’s Big Words, an important biography about beliefs and dreams and following one’s heart. Using quotes from some of Dr. King’s beloved speeches, this video helps make Dr. King come to life.

At 5:30 pm, the MLK Day celebration moves to YDL-Whittaker (5577 Whittaker Road) where young people will be able to make and take a craft project that reminds them of Dr. King’s important messages of peace and equality.  The youth from the “You Can’t Stop Me Now” Project will perform a concert of inspirational and self-empowering songs.  The audience is invited to sing along.  Following those events, visitors are invited to listen to the “I Have a Dream” speech from August 28, 1963 and view newsreels from the Civil Rights Movement.

All programs are free and open to the public.

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