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    Sweetland Write-in for the Dream

    01/01/2013 to 01/31/2013
    Location: https://www.lsa.umich.edu/sweetland

    In keeping with this year’s MLK Symposium theme of “(R)Evolution of the Dream,” during the month of January the Sweetland Center for Writing will host a virtual “write-in” on its website where we invite you to narrate your sense of how Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream has been (r)evolutionary for you.

    Tell us about a moment where you experienced citizenship or civic engagement. What do these ideas mean to you today?

    Or, post an original image that exemplifies King’s dream for you, and use your caption to explain the connection.

    Visit https://www.lsa.umich.edu/sweetland during the month of January to “write in” for the dream!

    NOTE: This event runs from January 1 to January 31.

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    IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution

    01/09/2013 to 01/31/2013
    Location: Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 .

    January 9-31, 2013, Monday-Friday 12pm-6pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm

    Within the fabric of American identity is woven a story that has long been invisible—the lives and experiences of people who share African American and Native American ancestry.

    African and Native peoples came together in the Americas. Over centuries, African Americans and Native Americans created shared histories, communities, families, and ways of life. Prejudice, laws, and twists of history have often divided them from others, yet African-Native American people were united in the struggle against slavery and dispossession, and then for self-determination and freedom.

    For African-Native Americans, their double heritage is truly indivisible.

    A website to support teaching with the exhibit is available at:


    IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas is presented as part of LSA’s Winter 2013 Understanding Race Theme Semester and is co-sponsored by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, U-M Museum of Natural History, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Native American Studies Program Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach, and Department of English.

    The exhibition IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas is a collaboration between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service (SITES).

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    Annual MLK Children & Youth Day

    01/21/2013 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
    Location: The Modern Languages Building, 812 E. Washington

    January 21, 2013, will mark the 15th year for the University of Michigan’s MLK Children and Youth Program. Since its beginning in 1998, the MLK Children and Youth Program has attracted approximately 8,000 K-12 student attendees from school communities throughout southeastern Michigan.

    All attendees during these comemorable years have participated in a range of activities filled with fun, creativity, dialogue and entertainment.  These activities included storytelling, guided discussions and group projects, skits, rap poetry, and a range of musical performances.  Once again, the School of Education, School of Social Work, and the Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives invite all students throughout the K-12 school-communities to participate in another MLK Children and Youth Day filled with a range of activities planned specifically to celebrate and commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Register at: www.sitemaker.umich.edu/mlk/home

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    Black History 101: Mobile Museum

    01/21/2013 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Location: Michigan Union Art Lounge (1st floor)
    Speaker: Khalid el-Hakim

    The Black History 101: Mobile Museum proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the “I Have A Dream” speech with an exhibit of over 150 rare artifacts that document the Black experience from slavery to the election of President Barack Obama.

    A few prominent pieces in the collection’s archives include a rare slave bill of sale and documents signed by Fredrick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, Ralph Bunche, Rosa Parks, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Shirley Chisholm, Dr. Dorothy Height, Coretta Scott King, Carter G. Woodson and President Obama. The center pieces of the exhibit include rare memorabilia of Angela Davis, one of the MLK Symposium Speakers, rare photos of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the original program from Dr. King’s 1963 Cobo Hall speech where he first gave the “I Have A Dream” speech.

    In 2011, Khalid el-Hakim, the museum’s founder and curator, celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the BH101MM. Inspired by Dr. David Pilgrim, his former Ferris State University professor, el-Hakim stands on the shoulder’s of the great archivist of Black culture and history such as Arthur Schomburg, Dr. Margaret Burroughs and Dr. Charles Wright. Khalid has been called “the Schomburg of the Hip Hop generation.”

    “My mission is to raise the consciousness of the human family by sharing artifacts that celebrate the contributions, achievements, and experiences of African Americans,” states Khalid el-Hakim. “I want people to walk away as inspired as I’ve been as a collector and student of this history.”

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    Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Symposium Keynote Memorial Lecture

    01/21/2013 10:00 am
    Location: Hill Auditorium
    Speaker: Morris Dees

    Morris Dees was born in 1936 at Shorter, Alabama, the son of cotton farmers.  As a young boy he worked the fields with blacks, witnessing first-hand social and economic depravation and Jim Crow treatment at its worse.

    While at the University of Alabama Law School, he met Millard Fuller.  The two formed a highly successful publishing company during their time in law school.  After graduation, they moved the business to Montgomery, Alabama.  Fuller left the company in 1965 and later founded Habitat for Humanity.  Mr. Dees continued the business and also began taking controversial civil rights cases.

    Mr. Dees sold his publishing company to a major national firm in 1970 and formed the Southern Poverty Law Center, along with Julian Bond and Joseph Levin.  Early Center cases included integrating the Alabama State Troopers and desegregating the Montgomery YMCA.  The Center, funded by donations from over 300,000 citizens across the nation, quickly grew into one of America’s most successful and innovative public interest law firms.

    In 1980, the Center founded the Intelligence Project in response to resurgence in organized racist activity.  The project monitors hate groups and develops legal strategies for protecting citizens from violence-prone groups.  A made-for-television movie about Mr. Dees aired on NBC.  Line of Fire describes his successful fight against the Ku Klux Klan.  It included the $7 million precedent-setting judgment against the United Klans of America on behalf of the mother of Michael Donald, a young black man lynched by the Klan in Mobile, Alabama.  Wayne Rogers portrayed him in the feature film, Ghosts of Mississippi, about the murder of civil rights worker Medgar Evers.

    Other victories against hate groups include a $6 million judgment that bankrupted the Aryan Nations, a $12.5 million jury verdict against the California-based White Aryan Resistance for the death of a black student and a $26 million verdict against the Carolina Klan for burning black churches.

    Klansmen burned the Center offices in1983.  The arsonists were convicted but not before their leader plotted to kill Mr. Dees.  More than thirty men have since been imprisoned for plots to harm him or destroy Center property.  This threat requires a high degree of security during public appearances.

    To promote acceptance and tolerance, the Center founded Teaching Tolerance in 1990.  Over 80,000 schools use the project’s free videos and teaching materials and over 400,000 teachers receive the award winning Teaching Tolerance magazine.  The Center has won two Oscars for its tolerance education films and received five Oscar nominations.  Mr. Dees believes that it is important to teach tolerance in the classroom as well as fight hate in the courtroom.

    Mr. Dees has received numerous awards in conjunction with his work.  The U.S. Jaycees chose him as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of America for his early business success.  Trial Lawyers for Public Justice named him Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1987.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Trial Lawyers’ Hall of Fame by the American Trial Lawyers’ Association.  The American Bar Association honored him this year (2012) with the ABA Medal, the ABA’s highest honor.

    Mr. Dees is the author of three books, A Lawyers Journey, his autobiography, Hate on Trial and Gathering Storm, America’s Militia Threat. He remains actively engaged litigation.  He and his wife live in Montgomery, Alabama.

    Simulcast of MLK Symposium Keynote Memorial Lecture at University of Michigan Detroit Center 3663 Woodward Avenue, Suite 150, Detroit, MI 48076.

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    MLK Children’s Activity – MLK Puppets

    01/21/2013 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    Location: Matrix Theatre, University of Michigan Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Avenue, Suite 150, Detroit, MI 48076

    In a workshop conducted by Matrix Theatre, children will learn about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while making a keepsake puppet of the acclaimed civil rights leader.

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    Culturally-Tailored Interventions: Lessons Learned from the Black Panther Party’s Survival Programs

    01/21/2013 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Location: 1755 SPH I
    Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Hasson, PhD

    Dr. Hasson is Movement Science Professor in the School of Kinesiology whose areas of interests are the causes and consequences of childhood obesity in multiethnic populations. At the MLK Symposium Dr. Hasson will share insight on the this years theme, “Culturally-Tailored Interventions: Lessons Learned from the Black Panther Party’s Survival Programs”. Following the keynote speaker a short question and answer session will be held. Please contact ksgovexec@umich.edu for more information or questions.

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    Your Role in Social Change

    01/21/2013 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Location: Michigan League: Koessler Room

    Directly following the keynote address, the LSA Honors Program presents “Your Role in Social Change,” an interactive dialogue event that brings together a diverse group from the U of M and greater Ann Arbor community. Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on the keynote address, the state of social justice in our society, and what we can all do to foster continued social change. The event promises to be an enriching supplement to the keynote address. Light refreshments will be served.

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    Martin Luther King Day March & Rally

    01/21/2013 11:30 am
    Location: Corner of South University and South Forest

    Victory March & Rally for Affirmative Action
    Restore Affirmative Action Now!
    Double Underrepresented Minority Student Enrollment for 2013-2014!
    Create Campus-Based Dream Scholarships, full Access to Financial Aid & In-state Tuition for Undocumented Students!
    Build the New Civil Rights/Immigrant Rights Movement!

    Affirmative action is now legal in Michigan!
    On November 15th the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the case brought by BAMN and struck down Michigan’s Proposal 2, which banned the use of affirmative action in college admissions in 2006. This is a great victory for the new civil rights and immigrant rights movement! Now we must seize the moment and act, as Dr. King said, with the “fierce urgency of now” to make our victory real.

    This Martin Luther King Day, we are marching to call on all the University of Michigan and all of Michigan’s universities act immediately on the Sixth Circuit decision and reinstate their affirmative action policies in this admissions cycle, and to create Dream Scholarships, and offer full and equal access to financial aid and in-state tuition to undocumented students.

    We will Gather and March at 11:30am from S. University and S. Forest, and Rally at 12:30pm on the Diag

    For more information and upcoming events, contact bamn@umich.edu

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    Unequal Burdens and Unparalleled Opportunities: Achieving the Dream for Health and Pain Care

    01/21/2013 11:45 am
    Location: Towsley Center/Dow Auditorium
    Speaker: Dr. Carmen Green, Professor of Anesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Health Management and Policy Professor of Health Management & Policy, School of Public Health and Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR

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    Proclaiming Emancipation Gallery Talks

    01/21/2013 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: Gallery in Room 100, Hatcher Graduate Library
    Speaker: Martha Jones, Clayton Lewis, and student curators

    In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the MLibrary Gallery will host Gallery Talks featuring Proclaiming Emancipation exhibit curators, Martha Jones and Clayton Lewis, as well as student curators.

    Marking the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, “Proclaiming Emancipation”
    examines the history and memory of Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. The
    Proclamation accelerated a massive human migration toward freedom, opened the door to the enlistment of black men in the Union Army,
    and marked a significant shift in executive power. Today it remains a powerful, near sacred
    artifact in our collective memory. Proclaiming Emancipation offers an opportunity to further critical understanding of this complex moment in the history of slavery, emancipation, and freedom in the United States and in the world.

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    PCAP Presents: Mental Health and Incarceration

    01/21/2013 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
    Location: Anderson Room of the Michigan Union
    Speaker: PCAP Sponsored Panelists

    Please join The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) for a panel discussion on the mental health needs of incarcerated and returned citizens. Management of mental health care is both a crucial part of re-entry and an underestimated necessity within prisons. The issue is not just of concern for clinicians and correction officers, but social workers, policy and law makers, family members, and communities. With the input of several esteemed panelists, including UC Berkeley Social Work Lecturer and CDCR mental health clinical case manager Beth Kita, Georgetown Law Adjunct Professor and staff attorney for the DC Prisoners Project Deborah Golden, and Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee’s Criminal Justice Program Natalie Holbrook , along with other expert panelists, we’ll cover the breadth of issues regarding mental health and incarceration. Our panel will be held from 1-3 pm in the Pendleton Room of The Michigan Union.

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    Business & Finance MLK Convocation – Imagine the Possibilities. What if… ?

    01/21/2013 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Location: Rackham Auditorium
    Speaker: Dr. Steve L. Robbins

    Business & Finance Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation is featuring a presentation by Dr. Steve L. Robbins

    Dr. Steve L. Robbins is a powerful storyteller with a powerful story to tell. Born in Vietnam, Dr. Robbins immigrated to the United States when he was five years old.  He and his mother faced many challenges as Vietnamese immigrants in a new land, during a time when there was much anti-war and anti-Vietnamese sentiment. Working through and rising out of the challenges of poverty, discrimination and the tough streets of Los Angeles, Dr. Robbins now brings insightful perspectives on issues of leadership, inclusion & innovation, and the power of caring. His unique concept of “Unintentional Intolerance” has captured wide acclaim from numerous audiences and organizations across the United States. An approach that does NOT blame or point fingers, it challenges individuals and organizations to be more open-minded, mindful and intentional about inclusion and valuing people for their unique gifts, abilities and experiences. Drawing upon a compelling life journey, his talks are filled with intriguing stories, laugh-out-loud humor and a keen understanding of human behavior. Please join us for an inspiring event that will challenge the way you think.

    A reception follows this event at 3:15pm in the Rackham lobby.  We hope to see you there!

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    50 Years Later: A New March to The Dream

    01/21/2013 2:00 pm
    Location: The Power Center for Performing Art

    Reflections and Musical Presentations by The School of Music,Theatre & Dance Faculty and Students

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    Circle of Unity

    01/21/2013 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Location: Central Campus Diag

    Student’s, staff, and faculty of MCSP and the wider university community stand in a circle on the Diag for one hour on MLK’s Birthday and participate in performances, speakers, and other activities to remind us of MLK’s dream, where society has come since the Civil Rights Movement, and what still needs to be done in terms of equality and social justice.

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    A Tribute to MLK: Poetry Slam & Art Expression

    01/21/2013 3:00 pm
    Location: Stamps Auditorium

    In an effort to pay homage to the memory of Brother Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is our desire to construct and implement a program that seeks to “recapture” the dream that Dr. King once envisioned. A Tribute to MLK: Poetry Slam & Art Expression will consist of artist of various forms using their talents to show appreciation for the vision of Brother Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Performers will range from local and campus artist of numerous cultures, showing that the vision of Dr. King reached far beyond just African-Americans. The event will conclude with our headline poet.

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    “50 Years Later: Oral Health and Dental Education in the U.S.”

    01/21/2013 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Location: Sindecuse Atrium, School of Dentistry
    Speaker: Dean Polverini, Dr. Bonita Neighbors, Dr. Wilhelm Piskorowski, Dr. Marilyn Woolfolk

    Fifty years after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, jr., gave his important “I have a dream” speech, oral health disparities and access to dental care issues for patients from socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or minority backgrounds are still prevalent in the U.S. In addition, black and Hispanic students are still significantly underrepresented in health profession schools and health care providers from minority backgrounds are “Missing in the health professions” – as the famous Sullivan report pointed out. A panel discussion with Dr. Bonita Neighbors, Director of the Community Dental Center, Dr. Marilyn Woolfolk, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the dental school, and Dr. Wilhelm Piskorowski, Assistant Dean for Community-Based Dental Education, will provide information about the history of dental care and dental education in the U.S. and the current state of affairs, and will focus on solutions and best practices that should be implemented in the future. A reception will follow.

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    Linguistics Department MLK Colloquium

    01/21/2013 4:00 pm
    Location: 340 West Hall
    Speaker: Anne Charity Hudley

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    MLK/Inauguration Day: Implications for an Inclusive Politics

    01/21/2013 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
    Location: Educational Conference Center (ECC) School of Social Work - 1080 S. University
    Speaker: Faculty and Student Panel Discussion

    Shortly before this event, President Barack Obama will be sworn in for a second term. Given the theme of the MLK Symposium for this year, a panel of faculty who have fought on multiple levels for diversity and inclusion in universities and American society team with a panel of social work students with equally amazing records of social justice freedom fighting to discuss current and future implications for diversity, intersectionality and social justice for the profession and practice of social work in the United States and abroad. All are welcome for an exciting evening of discussion, community, and light refreshments

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    The Influence of Dr. King’s Legacy on South Africa’s Vision to Create a Society that Respects Fundamental Human Rights

    01/21/2013 4:00 pm
    Location: 250 Hutchins Hall
    Speaker: Prof. Karthy Govender

    Just as Martin Luther King was influenced in the American civil rights movement by people working for peaceful change in far-off corners of the globe, King’s teaching has infused ongoing human rights struggles around the world since his death.
    Michigan Law’s 2013 celebration of MLK Day will feature Prof. Karthy Govender, a law professor at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa.
    Govender’s will focus on “The Influence of Dr. King’s Legacy on South Africa’s Vision to Create a Society that Respects Fundamental Human Rights.”
    Govender, who teaches the course “Constitutionalism in South Africa” at Michigan Law each winter, served two terms as a commissioner on the South Africa Human Rights Commission and has argued and served as an acting judge on South Africa’s High Court.
    A reception with light refreshments will follow the program.

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    Annual MLK Lecture at SNRE

    01/21/2013 5:00 pm
    Location: Room 1040, Dana Building
    Speaker: Dorceta Taylor

    Dorceta Taylor is delivering the annual MLK Lecture at the School of Natural Resources and Environment as part of the school’s Dean’s Speaker Series.

    Taylor is a professor of Environmental Justice at SNRE. She also is founder and director of the Multicultural Environmental Leadership Development Initiative, which aims to increase diversity in environmental organizations as well as the broader environmental movement. It also promotes greater diversity in leadership in the environmental field.

    Her lecture is titled “Race, Poverty, and Access to Food in America: Resistance, Survival, and Sustainability.” It begins at 5 p.m. in Room 1040, Dana Building.

    The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and is open to the public.

    Her research interests include urban agriculture and food security; green jobs; social movement analysis; environmental justice; leisure and natural resource use; poverty; and race, gender, and ethnic relations.

    Taylor is the principal investigator on a five-year, $4 million study of disparities in access to healthy food across the state. The researchers will interview residents and study data in 18 small to mid-sized cities to better understand the factors affecting “food security,” a socioeconomic term that defines easy access to safe and healthy food.

    And because urban agriculture is seen as part of the solution to food insecurity in cities, the researchers will study how locally grown food can more easily get to the poor, traditionally minority, populations most at risk.

    “The study will give us an opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of several types of food systems in the state,” Taylor said. “The study is unique in that we will examine aspects of the food system that are necessary to connect food to consumers more efficiently.”

    Other recent research activities have included an analysis of the green jobs sector and four national studies of racial and gender diversity in the environmental field. Her 2009 book, “The Environment and the People in American Cities,” is an award-winning urban environmental history book. In 2010, she completed an edited volume titled, “Environment and Social Justice: An International Perspective.”

    And she just completed a book to be published in 2013 titled, “Why Don’t They Move? Race, Space, Residential Mobility, and Environmental Hazards.” She also has another completed manuscript under review titled, “Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection: Social Inequality and the Rise of the American Conservation Movement.”

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    Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation

    01/21/2013 6:00 pm
    Location: Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Blau Auditorium
    Speaker: Clarence B. Jones, Advisor and Speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr.

    From 1960 until April 4th, 1968, Clarence B. Jones was one the closest political and influential confidantes of – as well as an advisor, lawyer, and draft speech writer for – the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today, he is a scholar in residence and visiting professor at the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University and an executive advisor to Marks Paneth & Shron, LLP, an auditing and consulting services firm headquartered in New York. Most recently, he was named the University of San Francisco’s first-ever diversity scholar, for which he will teach an undergraduate course titled “From Slavery to Obama.”
    Jones served a critical role in the Civil Rights Movement via his prodigious fundraising in support of Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including a White House Letter of Commendation awarded by President William Jefferson Clinton for his work in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963; the Isaiah Award from the American Jewish Congress in 2006; and the Silver Shingle Award for Distinguished Public Service from the Alumni Association of Boston University School of Law.
    Clarence B. Jones is the author of What Would Martin Say? (Harper Collins, 2008) and Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech That Transformed a Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). He is a frequently requested guest on television and radio and has been invited to speak by various organizations, universities, and corporations worldwide, including the British Library; Oxford University; book fairs in Bristol and Scotland; the New York Public Library; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; the US State Department; veterans administrations hospitals; and the California African American Association of School Superintendents, Principals, Administrators, and Local School Board Presidents.

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    From Cass Corridor to the World: A Tribute to Detroit’s Musical Golden Age

    01/21/2013 7:30 pm
    Location: Hill Auditorium

    Featuring D3:
    Geri Allen, music director and piano
    Robert Hurst, bass
    Karriem Riggins, drums
    with Marcus Belgrave, trumpet, and very special Detroit artists to be announced

    On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, UMS and the U-M MLK Day Symposium celebrate the very unique relationship of the city of Detroit to the music it helped create and shape. Beginning with trumpeter and educator Gerald Wilson (a Cass Technical High School graduate) and continuing through the great Detroit artists and mentors who have sustained the music through the second half of the 20th century, Detroit continues to nurture and create international trends in contemporary music-making and songwriting. With world-renowned jazz pianist and Detroit native Geri Allen serving as music director and the D3 trio serving as house band, From Cass Corridor to the World musically narrates this spectacular and unique journey with celebrated Detroit artists.

    A co-presentation with the University of Michigan Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives.

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