Monday, January 17, 2022 is a day of remembering and celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor his legacy and the accomplishments of black leaders throughout our country’s history with these kid-friendly activities.


Take your kids to the country’s first museum for African American History. Through dozens of permanent and visiting exhibitions, The Wright Museum inspires visitors toward greater understanding, acceptance, and unity by reflecting on the triumphs and tragedies of African-American history.

Sit in the Rosa Parks Bus and explore the Liberty and Justice for All Exhibit, which celebrates the contributions of Dr. King, Mrs. Parks and other civil rights champions. Learn and become inspired by the actions of Fannie Lou Hamer, Gloria Rackley, and the Freedom Riders.

Shop and learn at the African Bead Museum. The building’s exterior is a site to see, as are the exterior art installations! Afterwards stop into the shop and learn about beads from countries across Africa. Purchase jewelry or supplies to make your own.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a National Day of Service and we are home from school and work to reflect on his message and carry it forward. That’s why each year I pack up the car with cookies and coffee to deliver to the fire stations in Detroit. Other years I fill it with feminine products and sweets to take to Alternatives for Girls and other women’s shelters. Find a cause that means something to you or even an individual you know who has special needs right now and make their day a little brighter. If we all do a little something, we can make a big difference.

  • Have pizzas delivered to local hospital ER staff
  • Bring cookies and coffee to first responders
  • Make a charitable donation
  • Write letters to seniors in your neighborhood

Stand For Something and commit to serve at The YMCA.  In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and The Y’s 170th birthday the YMCA is asking the community to commit to 170 of service hours. Learn about volunteer opportunities at The YMCA here.


When you support black-owned businesses you are helping not only an individual entrepreneur but an entire community. Here are SOME local black-owned businesses you can support by placing an order, signing up for a class or give them a follow on social media.

Kuzzos Chicken & Waffles

Ima Noodles

Norma G’s Cuisine

Detroit Vegan Soul

Yum Village


Cuddle up at home and enjoy stories featuring black characters in books or on the big screen.

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