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       Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Luncheon

The Greater Lansing Area Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday Commission is proud to announce that our 29th Annual Celebration Luncheon in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr will take place on Monday, January 20, 2014, in downtown Lansing at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue. The luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m. (doors open at 10:30 a.m.). Our theme is: Our Lives Begin to End the Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter.

Keynote speaker Mr. Ernest Green

Breaking barriers mattered to our Keynote speaker Mr. Ernest Green – the famed member of the "Little Rock Nine." In 1957, Green and eight other black students were the first to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas following the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court Brown v. the Board of Education decision, which declared segregation illegal. After graduating from Central High School, Green went on to earn his bachelor's degree in social science and masters in sociology from Michigan State University. 

In 1999 President Bill Clinton presented Green, and the rest of the "Little Rock Nine," with the Congressional Gold Medal. Several books, movies and documentaries have been produced chronicling Green and his eight schoolmates' historic year at Central High School including the Ernest Green Story.

Special Guest Vocalist J. Moss

In addition the Commission is excited to announce our special guest vocalist, J. Moss. Born and raised in Detroit, J. Moss is the son of Gospel star Bill Moss, Sr. and he has become one of the most powerful forces in modern Gospel and Soul music.


The Greater Lansing MLK Holiday Commission presents Tye Tribbett, Pastor Kim Burrell, and Brian Hurst for the MUSIC OF THE DREAM concert at the Wharton Center, Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Great Hall. Tye Tribbett - with one of the most relevant voices of this generation. A sound that reaches the hearts of young as well as the old. Tye Tribbett creates a dynamic new caliber of music. Often heralded as the "Elvis of Gospel". Pastor Kim Burrell - her dynamic, distinctive and captivating voice carries power to soothe and encourage the heart of people everywhere. The Houston native is revered by her peers in the music industry from both the spiritual and secular world. Brian Hurst - music is focused on themes of praise and worship, consecration, faith, and deliverance. After listening, one will understand why he believes so strongly that God has positioned him in the kingdom for such a time as this to minster songs that heal, mend, restore, edify, encourage and destroy yokes. 

We eagerly look forward to your participation in this momentous community event. 

Purchase Ads for the Souvenir Booklet:

Advertising space is available within the Luncheon Souvenir Booklet. Please download and fill out the invoice form and submit with checks made payable to MLK Area Holiday Commission. Mail ticket request to our attention at P.O. Box 24112, Lansing, Michigan 48909. Upon request on the form, ads will need to be camera ready indicated. We will need to receive your ad no later than Friday, December 9, 2013, to ensure inclusion in the booklet. If you have questions regarding placing an ad, please contact Mr. Lonnie C. Lee at (517) 719-6395 or Mr. James McCurtis Jr. at (517) 373-7156.

Purchase of Luncheon Tickets

Tickets are $35.00/ person or $280.00/ table of eight (8). Tickets can be purchased as follows:

By Mail:

Checks should be made payable to: MLK Area Holiday Commission. Mail ticket request to our attention at P.O. Box 24112, Lansing, Michigan 48909 or call (517) 483-7637.

In Person:

City of Lansing, Department of Human Resources, 4th Floor, 124 W. Michigan, Lansing, MI 48933

East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823


Visit the Lansing Center online at lansingcenter.com to purchase an Etix (electronically purchased tickets will be available for pick up on the day of the luncheon at "will call" only between 8:30 a.m. and noon). A convenient fee will be applied for processing. An ID will be required.

By E-mail:

Send e-mail requests to MLKHolidayCommission@lansingmi.gov. All tickets requested via e-mail will not be distributed until payment is received. Tickets will be available soon. Please visit our website at www.lansingmi.gov/mlk for updates.








MLK Holiday Commission
PO Box 24112
Lansing, MI 48909-4112