36th Annual MLK Celebration
2022 marks the 54th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, which occurred on April 4, 1968, along with the founding of the Martin Luther King Memorial Center in Atlanta 53 years ago.
On Monday, January 20, 1986, the United States observed the first national holiday honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is also the day that Eastern Michigan University hosted its first MLK President’s Luncheon under the leadership of the late President John W. Porter. As we prepare to commemorate the 35th anniversary of this auspicious celebration, we do so with a keen awareness of current challenges on EMU's campus and communities across the U.S.
To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, a Crowdfunding Campaign will be held in place of the 35th Annual MLK President’s Luncheon. Participants are encouraged to donate the typical cost of a luncheon ticket, $25, to the MLK Celebration Fund. All funds raised will be used to purchase gift certificates from local Ypsilanti Black-owned businesses for distribution to patrons of the Swoops Pantry.