Events around Michigan to honor Martin Luther King Jr. - WNEM TV 5

Events around Michigan to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

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Today the nation remembers the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was a leader of the civil rights movement who used non-violent means to fight racial inequality.

In 1963 he led a March on Washington where he gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Those events are credited with influencing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

King was assassinated in 1968.

Many events are planned around Michigan to honor King, including a march and rally in Detroit.

The annual MLK Day Rally & March begins around midday Monday at Central United Methodist Church, and includes a march through downtown.

The Sloan Museum in Flint is offering free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

And the Flint Institute of Arts and Public Library have several free activities throughout the day.

The library will have a reenactment of King's "I Have a Dream" speech at 2 p.m., and the Institute of Arts will have performances at 4 p.m.

In Ann Arbor, activist and entertainer Harry Belafonte plans to deliver the keynote address for the 28th annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium on Monday morning at the University of Michigan's Hill Auditorium. It highlights days of events at the school.

And be sure to count on WNEM TV5 for complete coverage of Monday's MLK events.

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