For the first time in its 36-year history, the signature event of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan will be televised.
The annual Day of Celebration commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day will air from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 18 on WILX-TV 10. This year’s event headline speaker is Dr. Bernice King.
King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is a global peace activist and was just 5 when her father was assassinated. The Day of Celebration broadcast will feature a conversation between Bernice King and Elaine Hardy, commission chair.
“Dr. Bernice King is an innovative, energetic and committed leader, dedicated to taking her parents’ legacy of nonviolence and the work of creating a more peaceful, just, humane world into a new era,” Hardy said.
“It’s especially fitting the pandemic has led us to produce a virtual event for 2021, after a summer of global outrage against racism with more than 10,600 mostly peaceful demonstrations across the U.S.,” Hardy added. “There’s heightened awareness of systemic racism now, and our televised message of equality, diversity and social justice will be easily accessible to a broad mid-Michigan audience.”
According to Hardy, the program will still offer features from previous celebrations, including musical performances.
The theme for the 2021 Day of Celebration is “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” It is a quote by Dr. King from his “I Have a Dream” speech delivered during the 1963 March on Washington, and it is engraved on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.