MLK Holiday Art Contest to award $3000

Deadline for entries: 1 p.m., March 12, 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan is set to award $3,000 through its annual art contest sponsored by Delta Dental and MSU Broad Art Lab. The 3rd Annual MLK Holiday Art Contest is open to adults from any geographic area and students, grades 6-12, attending school in the greater Lansing area. There is a $1,000 award for the winner in the adult category and $2,000 in scholarships for winning entries submitted by students. In addition, select submissions will be displayed at the MSU Broad Art Lab April 4-25.

The theme is “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

“Our theme is a quote by Dr. King from his ‘I have a dream’ speech,” said Elaine Hardy, commission chair. “We selected it because it inspires perseverance against all obstacles to advancing racial equality. We’re looking forward to seeing how this inspiration is translated into visual art.”

Students will compete in two categories: grades 6-8 and 9-12. Group submissions are allowed for students in the same grade.

More information about the art contest is at


#Walk4GoodFood 2021

OKT is participating in the Access Walk for Good Food In Your Neighborhood. This year’s virtual Walk will fund our Southeast Area Farmers Market and 13 other non-profit organizations addressing root issues of food access and poverty. Walk in your neighborhood to help us promote a thriving food system for all. Click here to join OKT’s walk team or to donate! All monies you donate to the Walk go directly to fund the Southeast Area Farmers Market.

MEJC Fireside Chat with Michigan Water Warriors Part 1

The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition is truly excited to be continuing this effort with all of you as we move forward and fight for equitable change here in Michigan. For its second Fireside Chat, “Fireside Chat with Michigan Water Warriors Part 1″will discuss water accessibility and affordability. Our panelists for this event will be the amazing water warriors Latia Leonard and Slyvia Orduño.

Our Fireside Chat will be taking place via Zoom, however we will be broadcasting on Facebook as well. To sign up and register for this event use this link.

Join us as we discuss how all Michiganders deserve clean, affordable, and accessible water. Invite someone to join along with us around the campfire, lets got cozy! 

(Keep an eye out for part two!)

Diversity scholarships for Blandford summer camp program

Field & Fire Bakery & Cafe has teamed up with Blandford Nature Center to offer a diversity scholarship for their summer camp program. In anticipation for a busy registration period, and in efforts to make summer camp more accessible to all, Blandford Nature Center has opened their camp scholarship, or “Campership”, application early. Due to the generosity of donors, Blandford is able to offer a limited number of scholarships to campers who might otherwise not have the means to go to camp.

Apply for a “Campership”  and Blandford will send you a confirmation before registering to reduce or eliminate your camp registration fee. Please note that these take time to process and should be done as soon as possible to ensure they are processed before camp registration opens and fills. APPLY HERE

January GRABB & Go Meeting gives entrepreneurs tax information

Topic: Taxes and Business Structures

To Attend RSVP Here

Mike Hawkins – CEO of Hawkins & Company CPA Ciarra C. Adkins, JD – Founder of AQUME Law, PLLC

GRABB & Go Meetings were created to provide Black entrepreneurs with the latest information about current events, resources, best practices and strategies on everything from product development, sales and selling, marketing, funding and finances.

Mid-Michigan MLK Day televised event features Dr. Bernice King

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The signature event of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan will provide inspiration as the nation heads into 2021 with hope for continued advancement in racial equality, says Elaine Hardy, commission chair. It will air Monday, Jan. 18, 7-8 p.m. EST on WILX TV 10-NBC.

Dr. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, is the featured guest for the 2021 MLK Day of Celebration. The theme of the event is “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” It is an MLK quote from his “I have a dream” speech that the commission selected because it inspires perseverance.

“We’re looking forward to sharing our message of equality, diversity and social justice with a wide Mid-Michigan audience,” Hardy said. “We have taken great care to retain the quality of this annual event, now in its 36th year, and have benefited from the personal nature of television in featuring Dr. King in an interview situation.”

Due to the pandemic, the live, in-person annual event, usually two to three hours in length and held before 2,000-plus attendees, has been transformed for television.

Dr. Bernice King

Elements of the televised program are:

  • A conversation between Bernice King and Hardy, in which King explains her connection with Mid-Michigan and how she and her family would like to see the world celebrate MLK Day.
  • Performances by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream Orchestra and Michigan violinist Rodney Page.
  • Messages from elected officials, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, and Rep. Elissa Slotkin.
  • Special announcements from the commission and its sponsors

Having a virtual format provided the opportunity to feature Bernice King. She had been unable to participate previously because of traditional obligations with The King Center, of which she is CEO, in Atlanta on MLK Day.

The commission’s MLK Day of Celebration is a tribute to the inspiring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King. More information is at or follow the commission on Facebook, @MLKCommOfMidMI.