Special Programs and Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Luncheon


The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute luncheon is a community event to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The luncheon has featured well known guest speakers such as bestselling author James McBride, Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Congressman John Conyers, Judge Damon J. Keith and Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian.  The 2008 luncheon honored Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams.  This year's luncheon took place Friday, January 16, 2009 at The Max M. Fisher Music Center.  We were honored to welcome Susan L. Taylor, Editor Emerita of Essence Magazine, as this year's keynote speaker.

Noel Night

Noel Night

The 36th Annual Noel Night will take place on Saturday, December 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Midtown Detroit's Cultural Center Area.  Over 30 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Detroit Public Library, amongst many others, open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday "open house."  Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 70 area music, theatre, and dance groups.  The evening's festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band a long-standing Noel Night tradition.