2022 MLK Jr Day + Black History Month: A Time to Remember, Celebrate, and Learn


MLK Day Kicks off the Start of Black History Month with Celebration and Hope

Remembering, celebrating, and learning alongside our kids are special and unique opportunities. We get to do this all month long in February during Black History Month – and Martin Luther King Jr. Day kicks off this reverent time.

Excitingly, there are many MLK Day and Black History Month events happening in greater Kalamazoo. Read on to find out when and where:


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is More Than a Day Off in January

I’m sure kids are thrilled to sleep in and rest on their day off, (so am I!) But Martin Luther King Jr, MLK Day, is first a special day for learning, celebration, and hope for the whole family.

My husband and I look forward to this day each year to pause, remember and learn more about our nation’s history alongside our kids.

Going to a special MLK Day event can be a great way to do this.

Charles H Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit

One year we traveled to The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for their MLK Day Annual Celebration.

Some years we’ve stayed home to talk, listen to the kid’s perspectives, and honor the day. While other years we’ve gone to some really cool MLK Day events in town.

Black History Month Honors How Far We’ve Come + Spurs us on in Expectation of Where We’re Going

Though there is still progress to be made, Black History Month is a time for commemorating the ground that’s been covered through the hard work and sacrifice of those who’ve gone before us.

The song “Dance for the Dead” by Sareem Poems expresses this month of observance so eloquently in its chorus, “dance for those that we’ve lost, dance for those who paid the cost, dance for those who gave their lives, dance until we get it right.”

2022 MLK Day + Black History Month Events Around GR

From libraries and museums to virtual events, there’s an MLK Day or Black History event where you can celebrate, learn, or honor:

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