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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Luncheon 2014


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Wayne State University’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute will take place Friday, January 17, 2014, 11 a.m., at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. The Tribute brings together the metro Detroit community to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.

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Key Note Speaker

Harold Ford Jr

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Previous keynote speakers

Harold Ford, Jr. - 2013 Congressman John Conyers – 2003
Donna Brazile - 2012 Judge Damon Keith – 2002
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 2011 Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick – 2001
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson - 2010 James McBride – 2000
Susan L. Taylor - 2009 Dr. Alvin Poussaint – 1999
Dr. Charles G. Adams – 2008 Dr. Ronald Walters - 1997
Dr. C.T. Vivian – 2007  

Shuttle Information

Estimated arrival times at each location for the chartered shuttle buses:

Scott Hall Welcome Center FAB AAB Max Fisher

9:00 a.m.

9:07 a.m. 9:12 a.m. 9:15 a.m. 9:20 a.m.
9:25 a.m. 9:32 a.m. 9:37 a.m. 9:40 a.m. 9:45 a.m.
9:50 a.m. 9:57 a.m. 10:02 a.m. 10:05 a.m. 10:10 a.m.
10:15 a.m. 10:22 a.m. 10:27 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 10:35 a.m.
Shuttle will leave Max Fisher Building as needed beginning 10:45 a.m.

Shuttle stops (A-frame sign designates location):

Scott Hall - 540 E. Canfield
The shuttle stop will be on Canfield.

Welcome Center - 42 W. Warren
the shuttle stop will be on Warren.

Faculty Administration Building (FAB) - 656 W. Kirby
The shuttle stop will be on Anthony Wayne Drive.

Academic Administration Building (AAB) - 5700 Cass

Max Fisher Theatre - 3711 Woodward Ave.


Net Proceeds Benefit Adopt-A-Classroom

Net proceeds from the Tribute will support Adopt-A-Classroom. WSU, in partnership with our generous Tribute sponsors, has donated more than $33,000 to Adopt-A-Classroom in the past five years. Adopt-a-Classroom is a nationally recognized organization that invites the community into classrooms to increase opportunity for student success by empowering teachers with community partnerships and funds to purchase resources for their classrooms. See the classrooms we've helped.

Community Leadership Awards

The Office of Government and Community Affairs is proud to announce the 2014 Community Leadership Awards. The purpose of these awards is to honor an individual and an organization whose contributions affect our community in a positive way. This years' winners include:

  • GO-GIRL (Gaining Options-Girls Investigating Real Life)
  • Daphne Ntiri

Previous winners include: 

2012 2010
Focus: HOPE Crossroads of Michigan
Eleanor Josaitis (posthumously) Tyree Guyton
2011 2009
Wayne State Math Corps Reverend Faith Fowler
Jeff DeBruyn Colin Hubbell (posthumously)

InsideOut Citywide Poets to perform

InsideOut's Citywide Poets is an intensive after-school program for aspiring high school poets. For the past four years, the talented young poets received standing ovations as they performed their extraordinary poems crafted especially for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute program. The Citywide Poets have won numerous awards including the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award given by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. We are honored that they have accepted the invitation to once again perform at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute.

Become An Event Sponsor

This event would not be possible without our generous event sponsors. Check out the available sponsorships here. Thanks to our sponsors, more than 2,000 local students have attended the Tribute over the past four years at no cost to them or their school.

For more information on how to support the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute, contact the Office of Government and Community Affairs, at (313) 577-5284.