Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observations in Oakland County

Washington: Martin Luther King, Jr memorial monument on September 2, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. this upcoming MLK Day on Monday, January 17, by attending an event or participating in a day of service. Observed as a national day of service, Martin Luther King Jr. Day encourages all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Learn more about the MLK Day of Service on their website,  where you can also search for volunteer opportunities or register a project. Additionally, the United Way and Volunteer Match have additional resources and opportunities to make it a “day on, not a day off.”

Browse the list of observations and commemorative events happening in and around Oakland County below. Last updated: 1/10/2022


January 17: The virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on the city Facebook page starts at 10 a.m.


January 17: Free admission on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Cranbrook Institute of Science from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


January 17: 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Virtual Celebration at 6 p.m.


January 5-14: Sign making for the march on Jan. 17: Stop in the children’s departments at either library location during open hours and make a sign for the march on Jan. 17.

January 17: Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a full day of events, starting with a march down 12 Mile Rd. at 11 a.m.

January 17: MLK Family Day at Painting with a Twist from 1-3 p.m.


January 17: MLK Family Day at Painting with a Twist from 1-3 p.m.


January 10: Film Appreciation Night at the Milford Independent Cinema at 7 p.m.
January 16:  March on Main MLK Event at Prospect Hill Shopping Center at 1 p.m.
January 17: Soup Recipe Food Drive Meal Assembly for Community Sharing at the Suzanne Haskew Arts Center from 5 – 8 p.m.


January 17: MLK Serve Day 2022 at Brightmoor Christian Church from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

January 17: Novi Public Library MLK Virtual Unity Celebration at 11 a.m.


January 17: 30th annual Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration featuring Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Anthony Anderson at the O’Rena at Oakland University from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


January 17:  “A Day On, Not A Day Off” – Martin Luther King Jr. Ceremony and Freedom Walk starting at 9:30 a.m.


January 17:  Drive for Freedom, Justice and Equity at the Hope United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. The drive is limited to the first 250 registered vehicles. All participants must pre-register at by Friday, January 7, 2022. The virtual program starts at 1 p.m.

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter will join the celebration, hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc.


January 16: United We Walk 28th Annual Event at West Bloomfield High School at 1 p.m.


January 17: MLK Jr. Day: Give us the Ballot event at the Detroit Historical Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

January 17: Free Admission to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

January 17: MLK Day Celebration at the Charles H. Wright Museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

January 17: King: A Filmed Record…From Montgomery to Memphis at DIA at 1 p.m.

January 17: MLK Memorial Ride 2022 at Cullen Plaza at 1 p.m.

January 17: Mass for Justice and Peace at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 11 a.m.

Do you know of any other Martin Luther King Jr. observations in or around the Oakland County area? Let us know about them by contacting us at or leaving a comment below.

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