MLK Jr. Holiday Events

January 15th 2018

“The Other Detroit”  Urban and Regional Planning Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium 
Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Thursday January 11, 20186:00pm-7:30pmrefreshments to follow 
Please join us for a panel discussion followed by refreshments and networking to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

In his speech, The Other America, Martin Luther King Jr. laments that “every city in our country has this kind of dualism, this schizophrenia, split 

​into​ so many parts, and so every city ends up being two cities rather than one.” In some ways, the trajectory of contemporary development in Detroit is indeed creating this tale of two cities to which King alluded. Our panel will discuss the implications of unequal development patterns in Detroit and explore community-based strategies for redirecting investment in favor of the city’s most disadvantaged, longstanding residents.
Monique Becker, Development Associate, The Platform
Sonya Mays, President and CEO, Develop Detroit
Sarida Scott, Executive Director, Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD)
Kim Sherobbi, Community Practitioner, James & Grace Lee Boggs Center 
Marc Norman, Associate Professor of Practice, Taubman College 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Taubman College

Rackham Graduate School Faculty Allies
Taubman College Urban and Regional Planning Department

Michigan Community Scholars Program Presents: MLK Circle of Unity

On January 15th, 2018 from 3-4 PM at the University of Michigan Diag. Join hundreds of University and community participants for this annual event celebrating the life of Dr. King and his legacy of racial justice, nonviolence, and unity. There will be performances from students, organizations, and community members. All are welcome: students, staff, faculty, families, and children, as the audience is encouraged to participate as we honor Martin Luther King Jr. through song, dance, and spoken word. The Michigan Community Scholars Program and event co-sponsors from across the university hope to celebrate MLK and his legacy with the community at our 12th Annual Circle of Unity. More details can be found in the flyer and press release attached below.

The co-sponsors for the event include: the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA), Spectrum Center, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), Ginsberg Center, University Housing – Diversity and Inclusion, Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), the LSA Honors Program,  Health Science Scholars Program (HSSP),  Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program, Michigan Research Community, The Residential College, Comprehensive Studies Program, Global Studies Program, Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, and University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)



Innovative programs for youth and young adults 

w/ Broderick Johnson, Luke Shaefer, and Brian Jacob

Monday, January 15 
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Weill Hall

Free and open to the public. Lunch will be served starting 11:30 a.m. 

This event will be live webstreamed. Please check the event page just before the event for viewing details.

About the event:

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, the Ford School will host a panel discussion of the importance of investments in youth and young adults, with participation from national and university experts. Broderick Johnson, former Obama Administration Cabinet Secretary, will speak of his work mentoring young men of color to help them reach their full potential through the White House’s My Brothers Keeper Task Force. Luke Shaefer, Director of Poverty Solutions, will discuss a summer employment program for marginalized youth launched in summer 2017. Brian Jacob, Co-Director of the Youth Policy Lab, will speak about the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program which launched in early 2017.

About the speakers:

Broderick Johnson, former Obama Administration Cabinet Secretary, and Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force

Brian Jacob, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy; Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Economics; Professor of Education

Luke Shaefer, Associate Professor and Director, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan

For more information, please visit

Erin Flores (she/her)
Administrative Assistant
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan

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