Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Luncheon 2017

Wayne State University's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute will take place Friday, January 13, 2017 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. This year's featured guest is Allyson Felix.

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Featured Guest

allyson_felix_photo.jpgHaving stepped on the world stage as a passionate 18 year old in her first Olympic Games, Allyson Felix, has redefined athletics as she continues to cement her iconic status on and off the track. 

Allyson grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her father, Paul, is an ordained minister and was an excellent sprinter as a teen. She inherited her long, lean legs from her schoolteacher mother, Marlean. Allyson's interest in the sport began watching her older brother, Wes, run. However, she did not try out for the school track team until her freshman year at Los Angeles Baptist High School in North Hills. 

She never expected that she would find one of her passions on that high school track, but she did and has never looked back — amassing an incredible 13 global titles, 10 United States Championships, 9 Olympic Medals, and a World Record. Her accomplishments solidify her as one of the greatest female athletes the world has seen and has garnered attention from the top media publications in the world. Features have included: Vogue, Glamour, Essence, Self, O Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Elle. 

Allyson has proven herself a force on the track, but has still made time to graduate with an elementary education degree from the University of Southern California. She also has a heart for her community and serves as an ambassador for Right to Play and Play Works, as well as being a member of The President's Council on Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition. Felix has recently turned her attention to helping the NFL's Nnamdi Asomugha provide Los Angeles area teens with tools to prepare themselves for higher education through their ACTS College Summit. 

It is hard to imagine that although Allyson was the fastest high school 200 meter runner in history, has the most World Championship titles in United States history, and has an Olympic and World Record that aspects of her career are still in the beginning stages, but in 2015 she has began to pursue the 400 meters and has already earned a world title and delivered the fastest 400m relay split in World Championship history. It seems the best is yet to come.


Date and Time

Friday, January 13, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Doors open at 9 a.m.

Program starts at 10 a.m.

Luncheon starts at 11;30 a.m.

Last shuttle from DIA 1:30 p.m.


Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward
Detroit, MI

Parking Services

Parking will be available in the Max M. Fisher parking deck (Parsons Deck) – Orchestra Place @ Woodward and Parsons.  We will have access to at least 650 parking spots. A-Frames will be set-up to direct people to the parking deck.

Shuttle Bus Times and Routes

Two chartered shuttle buses from Trinity Transportation Services will provide transportation for WSU guests from AAB, FAB, the Welcome Center and Scott Hall (School of Medicine).  Shuttle service starts at 9 a.m. and concludes at 1:30 p.m.

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

Scott Hall

Welcome Center



8:45 a.m.

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9:20 a.m.

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9:45 a.m.

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Each location will have an outdoor A-frame sign that designates the pick-up location.  The      drivers will be aware that they will be stopping at these locations and that people will be waiting indoors for their arrival.  All buses will be marked with "Trinity" on the sides. 

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- The shuttle stop will be on the opposite side (southeast corner of Cass and Palmer) of AAB.

Previous keynote speakers

Van Jones- 2016 Dr. Charles G. Adams- 2008
The Three Doctors - 2015 Dr. C.T. Vivian- 2007
Dr. Mae Jemison - 2014 Congressman John Conyers- 2003
Harold Ford, Jr. - 2013 Judge Damon Keith- 2002
Donna Brazile - 2012 Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick- 2001
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 2011 James McBride- 2000
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson - 2010
Dr. Alvin Poussaint- 1999
Susan L. Taylor - 2009 Dr. Ronald Walters - 1997


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 $40,000 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. 

Community Leadership Awards

The Division of Government and Community Affairs is proud to present the 2017 Dr. Arthur L. Johnson Community Leadership Awards. These awards will honor an individual and an organization whose contributions affect our community in a positive way.

Wayne State University is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Dr. Arthur L. Johnson Community Leadership Awards. This year, nominations will only be accepted for individuals and organizations from the external community (i.e., non-Wayne State University staff, employees, students or student organizations).  Coming in the spring of 2017, the inaugural Wayne Cares Awards Celebration will honor individuals from across the university who best exemplify the spirit of WSU's commitment to community service.

Please submit the name of an individual (posthumous nominations are accepted) and/or an organization that deserves to be recognized for excellence in community leadership. We will announce the winners of the 2017 Dr. Arthur L. Johnson Community Leadership Awards at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on January 13, 2017.

Nominations are due by Friday, November 25, 2016. Please click here to fill out the online nomination form.



InsideOut Citywide Poets to perform

InsideOut's Citywide Poets is an intensive after-school program for aspiring high school poets. For the past seven 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.



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