Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

The 2016 Celebration of Freedom, held Monday, January 18, 2016  at 8:30am, at Athens High School Auditorium, is organized by the Troy MLK Day Committee and made possible by continued support from the City of Troy and the Troy School District.

Troy, Michigan is home to many cultures, faiths, and people willing to share and work together. Our MLK Day Celebration of Freedom hopes for a world whose people and nations can triumph over poverty, racism, war and violence. We celebrate Dr. King's vision that all faiths have something meaningful to contribute to building the beloved community.

The 2016 program will feature the Larson Middle School Choir. This year's event theme: "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” This year’s theme for the essay, art and video contests is “How have the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired you to be a leader today? Student winners for the Essay, Art and Video Contests will be announced.

Our Keynote Speaker Mark Fancher, Staff Attorney for Racial Justice Project at the ACLU. Through his work, Mark Fancher addresses: racially disproportionate rates of incarceration; racial discrimination against public school students of color, racial profiling, attacks on the democratic rights of communities of color and abusive police practices.

Mark Fancher was formerly the Senior Staff Attorney for the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice where he specialized in workers' rights. He served on the staff of the State Bar of Michigan from 1998 to 2000 where he coordinated projects to encourage greater pro bono participation by Michigan's lawyers. He was a visiting assistant clinical professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1996 through 1998.

Mark Fancher has played leadership roles in the National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) for numerous years. He has also lectured across the country and written extensively on issues that include: the U.S. military presence in Africa, political repression in the U.S., and the land and resource rights of traditional indigenous communities.


For more information, call 248.524.1147.

Celebration Sponsors

2016 Platinum Sponsors

  • City of Troy
  • Troy School District
  • DTE Energy Foundation

2016 Gold Sponsors

  • Alliance Mobile Health
  • Sodexo Food Service
  • Troy Community Coalition
  • Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence
  • Walsh College

2016 Silver Sponsors

  • Beaumont Health
  • Big Beaver United Methodist Church
  • Troy-Area Alliance Against Hate Crimes
  • Troy-Area Interfaith Group
  • Troy Lanes

If you would like to support the event, you may make contributions by check to "Troy Community Coalition - MLK Fund." Please mail to:

MLK Day Committee c/o Cindy Stewart

500 W Big Beaver Road

Troy MI 48084

The MLK Day Committee includes representatives from the City of Troy and Troy School District.

Did You Know?

  • The Community Affairs Department offers a packet of information for all new residents. Stop in our office at City Hall and pick up your copy, or call 248.524.1147. You may also email New Resident packet requests by clicking on Cindy Stewart's photo above. Please include your complete address. The Community Affairs Department welcomes approximately 1,000 new residents to Troy each year with informational welcome packets.
  • If you have problems with cable, call WOW (Wide Open West) at 866.496.9669 or Comcast Cable at 888.COMCAST. If your cable television problems are not being resolved, please call 248.524.1147.
  • Several City boards, commissions and committees offer ex-oficio (non-voting) seats to high school students. This commitment typically entails attending monthly meetings and participating in board discussions about pertinent issues. Interested candidates should submit a Student Application for Boards & Committees to the Community Affairs Department.