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Canton Community Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

CANTON, MI—The popular Canton community celebration “One Community. One Voice.” honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns for its fourth year at Canton’s Village Theater at Cherry Hill. This year’s free event is scheduled for January 19 and features a community volunteer fair, performances by Reverend Robert B. Jones and Youth Under Construction, and Focus: HOPE photo exhibit, Focus on the Mission.

The Reverend Robert Jones is a native Detroiter with more than twenty years experience as a performer, musician, storyteller, radio host and music educator. He has received numerous awards, including the Blues Foundation Keeping Blues Alive 2007 Educator of the Year, 2001 Michigan Artist of the Year by the Wayne County Council for Arts, History and Humanities, and Outstanding Blues Writer and Blues Album from the Detroit Music Awards. Reverend Jones is the pastor of Sweet Kingdom Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit.

Since 1992, Youth Under Construction has harnessed the power of pop culture and transformed it into a mechanism for spreading a positive, character-building message. Hundreds of Metro-Detroit area youth have presented and thrilled audiences that number into hundreds of thousands.

“We are very excited about this year’s celebration,” says Jennifer Tobin, Canton Arts Coordinator. “Robert Jones is a fantastic performer and has a great audience rapport. He will make this an entertaining and uplifting event. Youth Under Construction brings a lot of energy and ties in what is current in youth culture. It’s amazing what these kids can do.”

New this year is a community volunteer fair. Representatives from local groups will have the opportunity to connect with community members, publicize their efforts and seek new members. Marcia Barker, Program and Volunteer Coordinator for the Canton Public Library says the volunteer fair is a great addition to the event. “It’s a good way to involve the community and keep this celebration going all year. We need volunteers to get active and keep our community strong and service is a great way to honor Dr. King.”

Focus: HOPE photography exhibit features black and white photos taken as part of the Focus on the Mission program, made possible with a grant from The Skillman Foundation and the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Community Service Program and the Ford Photographic Department.

The Canton community Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration is the result of a continued partnership between the Canton Public Library, Canton Township, the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities, Inc. and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. The event is free to the public with doors opening at 6 p.m.

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