MLK 101 1929 - 1968

Celebrate MLK Jr.’s legacy with the Howell Carnegie Library! MLK 101 is a series of special events created in partnership with Huron-Clinton Metroparks and the Livingston Diversity Council. MLK 101 is designed to expand and deepen our understanding of who Martin Luther King, Jr. was as a person, a pastor, a nonviolent activist, and his lasting impact on the civil rights movement. Learn about the upcoming MLK 101 programs below and explore educational resources about MLK Jr. and the civil rights movement.

The MLK 101 Series is generously sponsored in part by the Friends of the Howell Carnegie Library.

Upcoming Events

Art and Writing Contest: MLK’s Dream

Submissions due December 12, 2022 – January 3, 2023

All entries will be displayed in the Youth Department between January 9 and February 28, 2023

The Howell Carnegie Library, in partnership with the Livingston Diversity Council and Huron-Clinton Metroparks, is having an Art and Writing Contest for area youth. Students in grades 3-12 who reside within the Howell Public Schools District can create a written or artistic work in response to the prompt: MLK’s Dream. Students must submit their creations to the Howell Carnegie Library during regular business hours, between 9 am December 12, 2022, and 7 pm on January 3, 2023. A three-person panel will judge the works based on visual appearance, content, and quality. The winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card and be notified on January 9, 2023. Winners will read or share their creations at the reception hosted by the Howell Carnegie Library as part of our MLK 101 Series immediately before the original one-man show: King Crusader and the Missing Michael.

Learn more about the contest and submission requirements on the Library’s website.

King Crusader and the Missing Michael, an original one-man show

Monday, January 16, 2023 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Meabon Room & YouTube Livestream

The Howell Carnegie Library, in partnership with the Livingston Diversity Council and Huron-Clinton Metroparks, presents King Crusader and the Missing Michael, an original one-man show from the Black and Brown Theatre of Detroit. This is an interactive show exploring the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. A reception, including light refreshments, begins at 5:30 pm before the show starts. The actor and production team will be available to discuss the program after the show. Appropriate for ages 11 through adult.

Learn more on the Library’s website.

I am MLK, Jr. film screening“I am MLK, Jr.”

A free film screening and panel discussion at the Historic Howell Theater

Thursday, February 2, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

As part of our MLK 101 Series, the Howell Carnegie Library, in partnership with the Livingston Diversity Council and Huron-Clinton Metroparks, is bringing a free community screening of the 2018 documentary film “I am MLK, Jr.” to the Historic Howell Theater. This documentary explores the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his impact on civil rights through the present day. Following the film, we will hear from expert panelists representing academia, grassroots activism, and what the fight for civil rights looks like today.

Panelists include:

  • Victoria Burton-Harris, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Dr. Patricia Coleman-Burns, Assistant Professor Emerita of Nursing and Black Studies, University of Michigan
  • Anthony Lewis, Director of Community Engagement, Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Freelance journalist Jon King will moderate the discussion. The film is not rated, but we recommend ages 13 and up due to the language and content.

No registration is required. Doors open at 6:30 pm, with a show time of 7:00 pm. The panel discussion runs 8:45-9:30 pm.

Learn more on the Library’s website.

MLK 101: Black Women’s Activism Civil Rights

Thursday, March 9, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Presentation on Zoom

MLK 101 is a series of special events created in partnership with Huron-Clinton Metroparks, the Howell Carnegie District Library, and the Livingston Diversity Council. MLK 101 is designed to expand and deepen our understanding of who Martin Luther King, Jr. was as a person, a pastor, a nonviolent activist, and his lasting impact on the civil rights movement. Dr. Tiffany Gill, PhD will deliver a 30-minute presentation on Black Women’s activism in the Civil Rights Movement, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

No registration required.

Legacy and Liberation: a gospel tribute to MLK, Jr. and the civil rights movement

Saturday, April 22, 2023 @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Information will be added to the Library’s website closer to the event.

As part of our MLK 101 Series, the Howell Carnegie Library, in partnership with the Livingston Diversity Council and Huron-Clinton Metroparks, brings live gospel music to the library in an after-hours event! This concert features a gospel choir directed by Lynn Williams and honors the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy of the civil rights movement. It reflects on gospel music’s cultural and historical significance and advocacy for equality and freedom, featuring song selections from 1954 – 1968. Light refreshments will be served. This event is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Resources

  • Students interested in participating in the Art and Writing Contest: MLK’s Dream can explore this list of resources for inspiration.

  • Explore the Library’s collection of books and DVDs about Martin Luther King Jr!

  • Check out the digital collection of e-books and audiobooks about MLK Jr. on Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla*.

* Howell Library District Residents only