Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute 2019

Wayne State University's annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute will take place Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. 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 Jemele Hill.


Featured Guest

Emmy Award winning journalist, Jemele Hill is a chief correspondent and senior columnist for The Undefeated, ESPN's content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture.  Hill joined The Undefeated in January 2018 and writes, conducts newsmaker interviews, offers commentary and creates a variety of content for The Undefeated's digital, television and audio platforms. She also hosts events and other important initiatives, including The Undefeated town hall and television specials.

Hill regularly appears on various ESPN platforms and programs to offer her perspective and commentary.

Prior to joining The Undefeated, Hill co-anchored SportsCenter for a year with her longtime friend and colleague Michael Smith. SC6 with Michael & Jemele debuted in February 2017 as a more personality driven approach to the traditional 6 p.m. SportsCenter. Focusing on sports, music, movies and more, SC6 was born from Hill and Smith's popular His & Hers podcast and weekday television show, which debuted on ESPN2 in 2014.

In August 2018, the National Association of Black Journalists awarded Hill with Journalist of the Year Award. In July 2016, Hill participated in The President and the People: A National Conversation – a one-hour town hall with President Barack Obama on race relations, justice, policing and equality.

Before joining ESPN, Hill was a sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel from 2005–06 – the lone African-American female sports columnist in the country.

A native of Detroit, Hill is a Michigan State Alum.



Date and Time 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 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 the DSO 1:30 p.m.

Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward
Detroit, MI

Parking is $5 at the Orchestra Place Parking Deck located on Parsons just south of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.  Handicap parking is also available.

Shuttle Bus Times and Routes
Two chartered shuttle buses from Trinity Transportation Services will provide transportation for WSU guests from Scott Hall (School of Medicine), the Welcome Center, FAB and AAB.  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.

8:45 a.m.

8:50 a.m.

8:55 a.m.

9:05 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

9:05 a.m.

9:10 a.m.

9:20 a.m.

9:15 a.m.

9:20 a.m.

9:25 a.m.

9:35 a.m.

9:35 a.m.

9:40 a.m.

9:45 a.m.


9:45 a.m.

9:50 a.m.

9:55 a.m.


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.




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