2021 MLK Day in LV

2021 Lathrup Village MLK Day ProgramsDr. King pic

Dr. King said, why should there be hunger in any land when we have the resources to provide all of mankind with the basic necessities of life?

In the midst of an unprecedented year, the City of Lathrup Village is embracing non-traditional ways to honor Dr. King for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The success of the Citywide Food Drive and the Community Experience Journal will require Villagers to work together and support each other in order to improve the lives of those in need.

Can we count on you?
Keep reading to learn how to participate.

Citywide Food Drive
Friday, December 11 - Monday, January 18 benefiting Lighthouse MI.

The Lathrup Village Parks & Recreation department will host a friendly competition between sections of the city. We will award the neighborhood that generates the most donations and the neighborhood with the highest percentage of homes participating (anonymously).
Map of Food Drive Sections
Look out on our Facebook page and e-newsletters for weekly themes and flash challenges.

Block captains are needed to inform and motivate neighbors to participate. Contact recreation@lathrupvillage.org to volunteer.

How to Participate in the Citywide Food Drive

  • Drop off donations to the Community Room in City Hall during business hours between Monday, December 14 and Monday, January 18
  • Drop off donations to your block captain. A list of block captains is available at www.lathrupvillage.org
  • Drop off donations to business collection sites. A list of business sites is located at www.lathrupvillage.org
  • Participate in “Fill the Truck” porch collection dates: Friday, January 8 or Saturday, January 16
  • This drive is focused on in-kind donations. However, monetary gifts can be made directly to Lighthouse Oakland County at https://lighthousemi.org/how-to-help/give/

Lighthouse Wish List
Lighthouse Wish List

Community Experience Journal
An experience journal is a collection of stories, videos and personal experiences. This project will pull together the “collective wisdom” of the community to create a rich tapestry of experience illustrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We invite you to submit responses to prompts about Dr. King. Responses may be captured as video, art, written word or social media posts.

LVTV will create a program of video responses as well as footage of any art pieces. The city will display written responses and art work in the lobby of City Hall during the months of January and February. We will share relevant social media posts to Facebook and Instagram with the tag #LVMLK2021 on our social media accounts.

How to Participate in the Community Experience Journal
Residents can submit responses through the following methods starting Friday, December 11. We will accept submissions through Monday, January 18. Release forms are required for participation, including parental approval for minors. Click here for the release form.

Video Submissions
Please drop off video submissions via a labeled flash drive to City Hall ℅ LVTV. Preferred file format is mp4. Flash drives will be available for pick up after Jan. 18.
Alternatively, you may upload videos to your own YouTube channel and send the link to LVTV@lathrupvillage.org.

Art and Written Word Submissions
Please drop off labeled pieces to City Hall ℅ Christopher Clough for display in the City Hall lobby and inclusion in the video program.

Social Media Posts
Social media posts should be relevant to the prompts provided and use the hashtag #LVMLK2021. Please share posts via Facebook @LVparksandrec or Instagram @LVparks_rec.

Dr. King fought for “social justice” where, as a community, we would all have “equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal treatment.”

Adult Prompts

  • What do you see as the current state of Dr. King’s dream?
  • How can we positively influence and motivate the next generation of leaders?
  • What memories do you recall of Dr. King, the civil rights movement and how it impacted your own life?
Youth Prompts

  • What is social justice and why does it matter?
  • Why did Dr. King promote non-violent methods of protest?
  • What will you do to be a social justice leader?