March & Art Contest Theme:

"Freedom Songs"


Huron Valley Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration- 10th Annual March on Main Street:

SUNDAY, Jan 18, 2015

Line-up starts at 12:15PM at Prospect Hill Shopping Center located at 516 Highland Ave., Milford, MI 48357.

1:00PM- March On Main Street

The march will begin with a brief speech and National Anthem. 2015’s March on Main Street is from Prospect Hill to SHAC.

The committee hopes to see everyone who recognizes the significance of Dr. King’s leadership and message in today’s world in attendance to support the holiday’s message of serving the community.  Marchers are also encouraged to dine in downtown Milford before making their way to Prospect Hill for the march.

Groups are encouraged to march together with signs designating their support of MLK Day.

This year's march will conclude across the street from Central Park at SHAC, located at 125 South Main St, Suite 700, Milford, MI. Hot beverages and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the march. We will display all of the art/writing/multimedia contest entries, as well as class projects. We will have an award ceremony for the art/writing/multimedia contest. Entertainment and perfromances will also be presented, including Mrs. Darlene Smith's class from Johnson Elementary & Milford High School students performing a song in American Sign Language.

We will provide a list and signup for community service opportunities for the National MLK Jr. Holiday on Monday Jan 19, 2015.

For people who are concerned about walking in the march, but who still want to participate, the Carls Family YMCA will be providing a bus which will follow the marchers down Main Street and conclude at SHAC. The bus will return to Prospect Hill at the conclusion of the event.

Sunday evening – America’s Sunday Supper at Milford United Methodist Church, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday’s MLK Day events continue at Milford United Methodist Church’s America’s Sunday Supper, which will include a community potluck supper starting at 5:30 p.m.  Participants are encouraged bring a dish to pass, or just come and enjoy!
The dinner will be followed by a program featuring a musical performance and a speaker from the Michigan Abolitionist Project (MAP), speaking on human trafficking and discussing ways community members can help fight against it.
A candlelight tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. will conclude the evening. A free-will offering will be taken to support the event’s musicians and MAP.
Contact MUMC office (248-684-2798) for more information.


MONDAY, January 19th:

We are doing something about hunger… right here in Huron Valley on MLK Day!

HVMLKDay & Community Sharing 'Empty Bowl' charity event at the SHAC Monday, January 19 from 4:00pm-7:00pm.

All area residents are invited to observe the MLK Day National Day of Service by participating in the Empty Bowl Project Charity Event and helping in the fight against hunger for local families.  The Empty Bowl Project is part of a worldwide grassroots effort to end hunger and food insecurity. This effort has taken root here in Huron Valley, and it will be the Huron Valley MLK Day Community Charity Event taking place on Monday January 19 at the Suzanne Haskew Arts Center (The SHAC) from 4:00-7:00 p.m. 
The cost to paint a bowl is $15 for adults, $10 for children and teens, and participants will pay at the door with cash or check payable to Community Sharing.  Bowls and art supplies will be provided along with help from a SHAC instructor, an Empty Bowl craftsperson, and HV MLK Day Committee representatives.  All money from bowl purchases will be donated to Community Sharing Outreach Center in an effort to stock its pantry to help feed neighbors in need in the communities of Highland, Milford and two mobile home parks in Wixom.  Statistics show that 1 out of 8 Americans struggle with food insecurity every day, emphasizing the importance of contributions to projects such as Empty Bowl events.

Once a bowl is painted, it becomes the participant’s 'ticket' to the Community Sharing Empty Bowl Project Main Event on May 31, 2015, held at Bakers of Milford.  Tickets can also be purchased from Community Sharing in advance for $15, or at the door for $17 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  The Main Event will feature a variety of soups and breads provided by area restaurants served in a festive atmosphere of giving. Additional soup bowls created by potters, students and crafts-persons will also be available for sale.
Whether participants bring their MLK Day Charity Event painted bowls, or purchase a crafted soup bowl at the Bakers event, it is theirs to take home as a reminder that they helped in the fight against hunger. 
An Empty Bowl Project display and sign up center will be highlighted at the post-March on Main Street ceremony on Sunday.  Huron Valley residents of all ages are encouraged to participate in the march, check out the displays and performances during the concluding ceremony, and then sign up for Monday’s Empty Bowl Charity Event.

For more information on this event or others like it, please visit to volunteer, donate, host a party and watch for pre-event ticket sales, or if you wish to learn more about Empty Bowls worldwide.