The Flint Public Library will be open Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Programming that day will feature several events, including a craft activity – “Peace Hands” – in the Children’s Learning Place at 1:00 p.m. prior to the 33rd Annual Community Celebration from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a special salute to Mr. John Rhymes.
The Community Celebration program will feature keynote speaker, Isaiah Oliver, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Ja’Nel Jamerson, Executive Directive of the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Vocalist Adam Baker will be the musical performer for the event.
The community is invited to see the last performance of the Gamma Delta Kudos and the Kappa Leadership League under the mentorship of John Rhymes. Since 1991, John Rhymes has mentored young men from the Gamma Delta Kudos (sponsored by the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa), and the Kappa Leadership League (sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc., Flint Alumni Chapter) as they present Dr. King’s “I have a Dream” speech and an inspirational performance for the library’s King Day programs.
The celebration will continue with a joint reception at the Flint Institute of Arts in Isabel Hall from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Gamma Delta Kudos and the Kappa Leadership League will present a step performance. The reception will include light refreshments.
Martin Luther King Jr. continues to symbolize love, hope, and justice for people everywhere. Using recognizable symbols, families have an opportunity to create a hanging piece that illustrates their promise to walk in Dr. King’s footsteps by keeping an open heart, sowing the seeds of justice, offering helping hands, and being an instrument of peace. The FIA’s Art School will provide a Free Family Activity from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. based on The Colors of Greatness. Families will have an opportunity to weave a small personal reminder using colors as symbols of how Dr. King influenced their lives.
For more information, contact the Flint Public Library at 810.232.7111.