The Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday on Monday is an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of one of our nation's greatest civil right leaders. As such, many state and local offices, banks and credit unions, schools and libraries will be closed.
King, who urged nonviolent resistance as a means to protest racial and other human rights injustices, was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis, TN, and would have turned 83 on Sunday.
The 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner delivered an early version of his I Have a Dream speech during a 1963 rally in Detroit.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character," he said later that year during his famous speech in Washington, DC.
Here's a look at what will be open and closed in West Bloomfield. Please leave a comment if you have something to add.
Civic Center Drive
- will be closed Monday.
- No classes will held Monday in observance of the holiday.
West Bloomfield Township and branch
- The library will be open Monday and regularly scheduled story times will be held.
- will have open hours as scheduled.
Many businesses, including restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores. Call ahead to be sure.
Several communities are marking the holiday with events, assemblies and peace marches.
is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday at . The day will begin with the high school drum line commencing the 30-minute walk outside, so dress warm. The , choirs and the Madrigal Chorale of Southfield will perform. Freedom Rider, Dr. Silas Norman of Bloomfield Township will be the keynote speaker. The day will wrap up with a candlelight vigil and a community family dinner.
Sunday at , after light breakfast and a presentation, volunteers go to sites for projects that include feeding families at the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit, serving meals at a Detroit homeless shelter, packing snacks at Gleaner's Food Bank for after-school programs and boxing items for soldiers.
Know of another local business that will have special hours for the holiday? Leave a comment.
– Alan Stamm and Carrie Simon contributed to this report.