Spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Service

MLK Day of Service
January 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King Jr.

On January 21, our country will celebrate and honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For many people, MLK Day means a three-day weekend with no school or work. But instead of taking the day off, consider making it a “day on” and recognizing Dr. King’s legacy of service.

United Way BCKR partner Gryphon Place, along with the City of Kalamazoo and other community organizations, is organizing a number of events including volunteer opportunities throughout the region for the 2019 MLK Day of Service.

Visit the Gryphon Place website to view available opportunities and register. Several openings remain for projects ranging from wall paper removal at Binder Park Zoo to habitat restoration at several local nature preserves.

The Day of Service kicks off at 8 a.m. Jan. 21 at Kalamazoo City Hall, and culminates with a 4:45 p.m. ceremony at MLK Park in Kalamazoo. Buses will be available to take passengers  to the park from Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College.

The United Way offices in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek will be closed that day, and you’ll see UW staff members out in the community volunteering. We hope you’ll join us.

If you can’t make it, there are plenty of other opportunities this week and next to celebrate, learn, serve and reflect. Check out WMU’s list of events, which also includes happenings at Kalamazoo College and throughout the community.

Register to Volunteer


Additional Events

Battle Creek

  • The State of the African American Community Address & MLK Inservice
    Monday, January 21st, 10AM-1PM
    Second Missionary Baptist Church, 485 N. Washington Ave. Battle Creek, MI
  • Free Martin Luther King Soul Food Dinner
    Monday, January 21st, 5PM-6:30PM
    Battle Creek Masonic Center, 133 E. Michigan Ave. Battle Creek, MI 49014
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance
    Thursday, January 24th, 11AM-12PM
    VA Medical Center, Building 6 Auditorium


  • Northside Ministerial Alliance 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
    Mt. Zion Church
    Sunday, January 20th beginning at 4PM
  • Commemorative Walk
    *attendees will bus from WMU to MLK Park
    Monday, January 21st, 3:30 p.m.
    WMU Bernhard Center
  • Ceremony at MLK Park
    The program at MLK Park includes remarks by Mayor Hopewell, City of Kalamazoo; Dr. Washington, Kalamazoo Valley Community College President; and Pastor Scott from Northside Ministerial Alliance.
    Monday, January 21st, 4:45 p.m.
    MLK Park
  • Community Celebration, immediately following the Commemorative Walk
    Bronson Healthcare and Ascension Borgess  Hospital invite the community to a celebration immediately following the “Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Walk” at the State Theatre. For accommodations and further information, contact Mikka Dryer at (269) 341-8323 or Sister Sue McCrery at (269) 226-5937.
    Monday, January 21st, 5 to 6 p.m., approximately
    The State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo