Honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

Join The Charles H. Wright Museum for a special day of events to honor the life & legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Detroit, MI - Join us at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on January 15, 2024, to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The theme of this year’s community celebration is “Living the Dream: It Starts with Me! 

We kick off the day with our Annual Prayer Breakfast (Doors open at 7:30 am, breakfast starts at 8am). This is a limited-seating ticketed event and includes breakfast, valet (until 12pm), and entry into the museum's exhibitions and programming that day. Get your tickets now - Members look for an email that provides you with a discount code: https://2024MLKDAY.givesmart.com 

Our museum doors open to the public at 9am and we hope you can join us for an exciting day of educational programs and family friendly activities. We start with an inspiring keynote and program featuring Jeanelle Austin, Executive Director of the George Floyd Global Memorial. 

Activities for the day include: 

  • Exhibitions (Featuring Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design, And Still We Rise, and Being Seen)
  • Film Screening & Talkback Featuring Selma, by Ava Duvernay (and see the costumes from Selma too!)
  • Workshops (Hands on family workshops with our very own museum educators)
  • Virtual Reality Experience (MLK Now is The Time: an immersive journey that explores key themes of Dr. King's speech and what they mean today)
  • Scavenger Hunt (Family fun activity with prizes) Sponsored by Citizens
  • Reading Rainbow (Storytime for children and families)

We will be open from 9am to 5pm and hope you can join us for this day of celebration. 

Tickets $15 for adults includes exhibitions and all programming for the day (children and youth 17 and under attend free for the day) Museum members join us for free for the day. 

Thank you to our premier partner, Citizens, for making this celebration possible. We also appreciate additional support from Target, thank you for joining us this year for such an important day. 

“We are proud to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s., holiday each year at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Dr. King's work and vision is as relevant today, in these ever-changing times, as they were during his lifetime. This year, we again look forward to a dynamic day of celebrating his life and legacy, and imagining, with the various generations who will join us on Monday, and what it means to continue to carry his vision forward.” ~ Neil A. Barclay, President & CEO, Charles H. Wright Museum 

The Wright Museum’s celebration is a day of festivities anchored in honoring, reflecting, and celebrating the legacy of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King's principles and practice lay at the core of today's movement for diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

About the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History was founded in 1965 and is in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center. The Wright Museum’s mission is to open minds and change lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture. And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture — the museum’s 22,000 square foot, immersive core exhibit — is one of the largest, single exhibitions surveying the history of African Americans. The Wright Museum houses over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials and offers more than 300 public programs and events annually. 

Media Contact:  
Kelly Miner 
Marketing and Communications Specialist Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History  
kminer@thewright.org or call 313.494.5865