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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 30th Annual Celebration Luncheon in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr will take place on Monday, January 19, 2015, 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: The Ultimate Measure of a Man Is Not Where He Stands In Moments of Comfort And Convenience, but Where He Stands In Times Of Challenge and Controversy.

   Keynote speaker Mr. Henry "Hank" Thomas

Keynote speaker Hank Thomas' story is one of an American hero. Born in Jackson, Fla., he started protesting social injustices early in life. As he furthered his education at Howard University, he also furthered his footprint in the Civil rights movement in search of social justice and equality.

Thomas, a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, nearly lost his life twice as one of the Freedom Riders when the Greyhound Bus he was riding on was bombed, and again when he was delivered to be lynched by a mob of Klansmen. In the years that followed, he went on to serve his country in the Vietnam War for which he earned the Purple Heart. He is a noted businessman and entrepreneur who has owned Burger King and Dairy Queen Franchises and eventually become the owner of six McDonalds restaurants. He is currently the owner of Victoria Hospitality Properties, Inc. which holds ownership of four Marriott properties in its portfolio.

Hank is a winner of the Buffalo Soldier Award from Howard University, the 365Black Award from McDonalds, the Rabbi Perry Nausbaum Civil Justice Award, and in 2011, was inducted into the International Civil Rights Hall of Fame.


Selma Moving Screening

 Join the Commission as we kick off our commemoration of Selma march with a screening of the movie Selma on Saturday, January 10, 2015, 9 a.m. at NCG Cinemas Eastwood. Selma chronicles the voting rights march in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., commonly known as "Bloody Sunday". Tickets for this event are $10 and can be purchased at the City of Lansing Department of Treasury or the East Lansing Hannah Center.


   Special Guest Vocalist Pastor Marvin Sapp

In addition the Commission is excited to announce our special guest vocalist, Pastor Marvin Sapp the most powerful forces in modern Gospel and Soul music.


The Greater Lansing MLK Holiday Commission presents Tamela Mann, Tye Tribbett, and Geoffrey Golden, for the MUSIC OF THE DREAM concert at the Wharton Center, Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Great Hall.

Tamela Mann-Few entertainers today can match the unbridled energy and creative passion that Tamela Mann brings to her multi-faceted career. An acclaimed actress, NAACP Image Award and Grammy Award nominee and Stellar Award and Dove Award-winning vocalist, as well as wife and mother, Mann's talent has helped anchor one of the industry's most successful film, TV and theatrical franchises, while her amazing vocal gift is at the top of her impressive resume. Tye Tribbett-with one of the most relevent 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". Geoffey Golden-The Season 14 Sunday Best Winner is an anointed young man who is passionate for God, passionate about the Word of God, and passionate about music.

We eagerly look forward to your participation in this momentous community event.  Tickets can be purchased at the Wharton Center box office at whartoncenter.com.

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.

Purchase of Luncheon Tickets

Tickets are $40.00/ person or $320.00/ 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 Treasury, 1st Floor, 124 W. Michigan, Lansing, MI 48933

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

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/events for updates.


MLK, Jr. Holiday Commission welcome sponsors to assist with underwriting service projects that address our communities' most pressing needs such as literacy, youth violence, hunger, mentoring, education and community enrichment. For more information, please download our Legacy Sponsorship Brochure.



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