Celebrate MLK Day With Free Family Day at the Detroit Historical Museum

Celebrate the 87th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the “MLK Day: Give Us the Ballot” event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, January 17 at the Detroit Historical Museum.

During the day’s activities, visitors can participate in a voter registration project for children and listen to an expert discuss the importance of registering to vote. Kids will make their own ‘mock’ voter registration cards and receive MLK worksheets and coloring pages.

Other scheduled activities include:

  •   A presentation by City of Detroit Arts & Culture Director Rochelle Riley, who will discuss her book – That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World at 10:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. 
  •   The museum store will offer a    20% discount on the book that day.
  •  Guided tours of the exhibit Detroit 67: Perspectives at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
  •   A spoken word and rap performance by Aleca Gleser at 11:30 a.m.
  •  Cupcakes and singing of “Happy Birthday” at 1:30 p.m. followed by “We Shall Overcome”
  • Support for this event has been provided by the Detroit Historical Society’s Black Historic Sites Committee.

The Detroit Historical Society is an independent non-profit organization that manages the Detroit Historical Museum in Midtown and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle, while caring for an outstanding collection of 250,000+ historic artifacts. The Society presents hundreds of educational tours, programs, workshops and lectures annually. Founded in 1921, Detroit Historical Society has worked for 100 years to foster an appreciation of our region’s rich history, telling Detroit’s stories and why they matter. 

The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Midtown Detroit. The Detroit Historical Museum is currently open to the public with abbreviated hours (Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.), with enhanced health and safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Historical content and virtual tours and exhibits are available at detroithistorical.org. Permanent exhibits include the famous Streets of Old Detroit, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy,” the Gallery of Innovation, Frontiers to Factories, America’s Motor City and The Glancy Trains.


This in-person event is free with registration here.

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