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Virtual Martin Luther King, Jr Day celebration being presented by Flint Public Library at Courtland Center

Flint Public Library will present a virtual Best of ML King Day at 2 p.m. Monday, January 18.

The program will feature photos, clips from guest speakers, performances and orations from the library’s over 30 years of ML King Day Community Celebrations. In addition there will be new orations from the young men of the Institute of R.H.Y.M.E.S; Reaching and Helping Young Minorities Excel and Succeed, mentored by John Rhymes, who has been involved with the library’s program for over 25 years.

“The library’s ML King Day Community Celebration has been a staple for over three decades with hundreds of people from the community coming together to see our youth performances, orations and our special guest speakers,” said Kay Schwartz, library director.

“We wanted to continue to provide a time for the community to celebrate King’s dream in spite of COVID 19,” Schwartz added.

The library has held a program to honor Dr. King since 1985, before it was first celebrated as a federal holiday in 1986. The holiday was endorsed in 1983, but the first federal celebration did not occur until January 20, 1986. The library’s recognition began as a tea and has evolved into one of the largest celebrations of Dr. King in the community.

The Flint Public Library at Courtland is located at 4190 E. Court Street, Burton. Library hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The library will not be open on King Day.

The link for the program will be posted here:

For more information call (810) 232-7111 or

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