The Huron Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

12th Annual March on Main Street Schedule

Sunday, January 15, 2017 – March on Main Street

The HVMLK Day Committee will host the 12th annual March on Main Street from Prospect Hill to The Suzanne Haskew Arts Center starting at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday January 17th. Following the march at SHAC, we will host a post-March ceremony including music performances and information on local volunteer opportunities. Hot beverages and light refreshments will be offered. Additionally, the entries for this year's art/writing/multimedia contest based on the theme of "Moving Forward, Embracing Our Differences!" will be on display, and awards will be presented for this year's winners.

All events offered by the HVMLK Day Committee are free and open to the public.

March 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

March on Main Street from Prospect Hill to SHAC. Groups are encouraged to march together with signs designating their support of MLK Day. The SHAC is located at 125 South Main Street, Suite 700 (next to River's Edge Brewing Co.).

Marchers are also encouraged to dine in downtown Milford, before making their way to Prospect Hill for the march.


3:00pm-5:00pm: Carls Family YMCA- Taste of the World Culture

A “Taste of the World” Culture Fair is also planned for The Carls Family YMCA to run from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Designed as an educational culinary journey across the globe, the event is free and open to the public.


Monday, January 16, 2017- Empty Bowl Charity Event at The Suzanne Haskew Arts Center, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

All area residents are invited to observe the MLK Day National Day of Service by participating in Community Sharing’s Kick-off Empty Bowl Project Charity Event for 2017 being held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The SHAC.  This is the third year in a row that Community Sharing has partnered with HV MLK Day for the Empty Bowl Project, and organizers are very excited to see its success continue in the fight against hunger for local families.

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 an instructor, an Empty Bowl craftsperson, or 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 throughout the communities of Highland, Milford and two mobile home parks in Wixom.  

In addition to providing funds for Community Sharing’s food pantry, the participant’s painted bowl will serve as a “ticket” to the Community Sharing Empty Bowl Project Main Event on November 5, 2017, held at Bakers of Milford.  Tickets can also be purchased directly 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.

There will also be separate, family-friendly activities offered free of charge at The SHAC during the Empty Bowl event.  HV MLK Day volunteers will be offer a “Peace Plate” art project that can be brought home and displayed as a way to pledge support of greater unity and nonviolence.  Additionally, visitors can help organize and assemble donation bags of personal care items that will supplement Community Sharing’s food pantry.  Several area businesses, including Kroger of Milford, River’s Edge Brewing Company, and The SHAC, are helping to collect personal hygiene products throughout the first two weeks of January.  Personal hygiene products, such as feminine products, baby items, and men’s care products, are always on high demand for local needy families since they are not purchased by Community Sharing, nor can they be bought with food stamps.  All items will be transported to The SHAC on MLK Day so that community members can assist in preparing for Community Sharing’s customers.  

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.  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.


Schedule of 2017's March on Main Street:

  • 12:15 PM Line up at Prospect Hill begins

  • 1:00 PM- Opening Statements.

  • National Anthem.

  • Color Guard provided by the American Legion.

  • Brief speech by Isaac regarding significance of the March.

  • March down Main Street with "I Have a Dream" Speech playing through speakers.

  • End of March music performance at SHAC. Entertainment, award artist contest winners, performances, and information on local volunteer opportunities.

Get Involved

Area residents will have the opportunity than to participate in the spirit of Dr. King's legacy as numerous events will take place throughout the weekend preceding the holiday as well as on the day itself.

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Art Contest

Submit the form to have original artwork; watercolor, paints, pencil, written essay, poem or a recorded performance; music or other submitted for committee consideration, using the chosen theme as inspiration.

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Information for both attendees and spectators regarding location, time, and requirements for various events held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Additional information for artistic entree participants can also be found here.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day march information; time and location for both attendees and spectators. Information for artistic entrees, transportation opportunities, and concessions. Click here to be a part of this special event.

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Individuals responsible for planning the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, events, choosing artistic entrees as well as meeting dates/times.

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Community Service

Opportunities for volunteers to share time and talents to benefit the community.

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