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Speakers, events around Michigan honor Martin Luther King

Jan 19, 2015

MLK, Jr. at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.
Credit Bentley Historical Library

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Events are planned around Michigan to honor Martin Luther King Jr., including appearances by the mother of Trayvon Martin.

Sybrina Fulton is scheduled to speak Monday at Grand Valley State University's Fieldhouse Arena and Grand Rapids Community College's Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. Her 17-year-old son was fatally shot in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer, sparking widespread protests.

Comedian and activist Dick Gregory will speak at Eastern Michigan University's Student Center Auditorium. The theme of the Ypsilanti school's celebration is "Breaking the Illusion: The Movement Continues."

Jurnee Smollett-Bell also plans to speak during Oakland University's annual Keeper of the Dream Awards celebration about her work as an actress and activist. The campus straddles Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills.

Other events are planned in Detroit, Flint, Kalamazoo and numerous other communities.