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Ann Arbor Events for Martin Luther King Jr Day & Black History Month

Ann Arbor Family Friendly MLK Day & Black History Month Celebrations

There are a number of family friendly events in Ann Arbor for Martin Luther King Jr Day and Black History Month in February.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day in Ann Arbor

Each year the UM MLK Children & Youth Day is typically one of the most popular events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day. I have heard great things about the program. If you want to drive, The Henry Ford (Dearborn) has free programs with free admission.

MLK Day is designated as a National Day of Service.

Note: Events listed range from those suitable for all ages to events for teens and adults. Make sure to check if the event is age-appropriate for your children.

Check out all of the programs honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and day of service activities:

Date/TimeEvent
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01/14/2024
2:00pm-3:30pm
All Lives Stand Up - Jazz Concert Celebrating MLK Jr
at Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti Michigan
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01/15/2024
8:30am-3:00pm
UM MLK Children & Youth Day
at Modern Languages Building, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/15/2024
9:30am-5:00pm
Martin Luther King Jr Day - Free Admission
at Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn Michigan
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01/15/2024
2:00pm-4:15pm
Film Screening | Selma
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/15/2024
2:00pm-5:00pm
MLK Day Celebration with Mosiac Youth Theatre
at Ypsilanti District Library – Superior, Ypsilanti Michigan
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01/15/2024
4:45pm
John Lewis: Good Trouble
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
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01/15/2024
7:30pm
Selma
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI

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Other Events on Martin Luther King Jr Day

Typically Ann Arbor Hands on Museum is closed on Mondays. However, they will be open on Monday, January 15.

With schools and some employers closed, there are also other events scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Date/TimeEvent
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01/15/2024
8:45am-9:30am
Pre-School Playtime
at Gym America, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/15/2024
9:30am-12:00pm
Marbear Yoga: Day Off of School Yoga Mini-Camp
at Studio Studio, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/15/2024
10:30am-11:30am
Baby Playgroup
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/15/2024
10:30am-11:00am
Preschool Storytimes
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
01/15/2024
11:00am-12:00pm
Tot Time
at PAX Gymnastics, Chelsea Michigan
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01/15/2024
12:00pm-9:30pm
MLK Day Special
at BIG: Best in Games, Ypsilanti Michigan
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01/15/2024
1:00pm-2:30pm
Craft Stick Bird Feeders
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/15/2024
1:00pm-3:15pm
Drop-In Movie & Popcorn for Kids
at Dexter District Library, Dexter Michigan
01/15/2024
1:10pm-2:30pm
Open Skate
at Veterans Ice Arena, Ann Arbor MI
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01/15/2024
2:00pm-3:15pm
Teen Tech Take Apart
at Dexter District Library, Dexter Michigan
01/15/2024
3:30pm-4:30pm
Open Skate
at Buhr Park Outside Ice Arena, Ann Arbor Michigan

Celebrate Black History Month in Ann Arbor

Visit Black History Sites in Ann Arbor

Why not take this opportunity to visit the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County. The museum is open to the public from noon-4p on Saturdays and Sundays. As of January 4, we are waiting for their Black History Month Schedule. Due to rising COVID during Kwanzaa, they postponed some Kwanzaa events for Black History Month but the schedule has not been announced

Several parks in Ann Arbor also have connections to Black History.

  • Dr Harold J Lockett Park is named for the first black president of the Ann Arbor Board of Education
  • Wheeler Park is named for the first African American mayor of Ann Arbor
  • Beckley Park is named for an abolitionist minister Guy Beckley. His home, adjacent to the park, was a stop on the Underground Railroad

I am sure there are others that I am not aware of.. Please let me know so I can list them.

Black History Month Events

Events will be added to this list throughout February, so be sure to check back for more events.

Date/TimeEvent
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02/03/2024
11:00am-12:00pm
What Do Brothas Do All Day? Storytime with Ajuan Mance
at Schuler Books (Nicola’s Books), Ann Arbor MI
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02/04/2024
2:00pm-3:30pm
Film Screening | There Goes The Neighborhood: The Closing of Jones School
at Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor MI
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02/06/2024
6:30pm-7:30pm
Good Black History: Black Business Owners of the 1800s, with Anthony Brogdon
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/15/2024
6:30pm-7:30pm
The African American History of Detroit
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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02/17/2024
6:00pm-8:00pm
Youth Night - β€œWhere do we go from here?” AACHM Annual Black History Month
at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti MI
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02/19/2024
5:30pm-7:30pm
Black History Celebration
at Ypsilanti District Library – Superior, Ypsilanti Michigan

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