2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Events

All events are free and open to the public

Food Donation Drive

January 2014

Throughout the month of January and at MLK events, we will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items. These donations will be contributed to My Brother’s Keeper, a Flint nonprofit that serves the local homeless population.

Donation boxes can be found in the Women’s Educational Center, White Building Lobby, and at MLK events.

I Am The Dream Challenge

January 2014

Share your pics, favorite MLK quotes, and your personal reflections from the MLK events series with campus and the world! Share information and start dialogue! Use hashtags #umflint, #mlkday and #equaltargets 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Blood Drive

Monday, January 20 | 8:00 am - 1:00 pm | Happenings Room

Martin Luther King, Jr. Volunteer Breakfast with Keynote Speaker Patrick McNeal

Monday, January 20  | 7:30 am - 9:00 am | Michigan Rooms

Get fueled up for a day of service with energizing speaker Patrick McNeal, Founder of My Brother’s Keeper, on this year’s MLK theme “Character. Inclusion. Leadership.” Volunteer check-in and t-shirt pick-up.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 20 | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm | Community Sites

UM-Flint invites the campus community to participate in community service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision. King reminded us that “life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” Let’s join the national effort to celebrate King with a day on, not a day off.

Please sign up to volunteer with one of thirteen participating community organizations. Lunch will be provided to volunteers.

Tuesday, January 21

Telling Our Stories of the North Side of Flint, March to UM-Flint, and Rally

Tuesday, January 21 | 12:15 - 3:15 pm | Berston Field House and Willson Park

Meet at the UM-Flint University Center (UCEN) circle driveway. Take a bus, symbolic of the Freedom Riders, to Flint’s Berston Field House and then enjoy a luncheon with a dramatic reading about Flint’s Northside stories. The program will include a follow up discussion on how inclusion can better our community.

At 2:00 pm, the program will break so that students with afternoon classes can return to campus on the bus.

Join the march from Berston back to campus at 2:00 pm in awareness of all the dreams that have been lost because of senseless killings, unjust institutions, and unjust laws.

Then, congregate in Willson Park at 3:00 pm to rally for the inclusion of a Martin Luther King, Jr. statue on campus and for a closing moment of silence in honor of civil rights champions. Refreshments provided.

Wednesday, January 22

Is the Dream Still Alive? Word on the Street

Wednesday, January 22 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Loving Cultural Center, 243 UCEN

A dialogue designed to revisit the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and its effects on today's society.

Thursday, January 23

Film Screening and Discussion: If These Halls Could Talk

Thursday, January 23 | 2:00 - 4:30 pm | Happenings Room, UCEN

Watch If These Halls Could Talk, a conversation-provoking film about a diverse group of students from various colleges as they talk about their experiences with trying to be heard, understood, and recognized on predominantly white campuses.

This film addresses what we need to do - as educators and students - to create classroom environments where issues of diversity can be openly, authentically, and safely discussed.

Friday, January 24

Black Arts Celebration: King’s Dream

Friday, January 24, 2014 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Happenings Room, UCEN

Experience performances of Black artists - from spoken word and story telling, to poetry and performing arts – centered around the theme of King’s Dream.

More January Events

Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights

Thursday, January 30 | 7:00-9:00 pm | 161 French Hall

Film screening and discussion with Producer/Director Nevline Nnaji


UM-Flint’s Martin Luther King, Jr. events series is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and organized by a collaboration of the Black Student Union, Michigan State Conference NAACP Youth & College Division, Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives, Office of University Outreach, and the Women’s Educational Center.