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30th Celebration Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


30th Celebration Honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Continuing the Dream”

Sunday, January 14, 2024 – 2:30 p.m. reception and 3:30 p.m. service

In person and Livestreamed · Royal Oak First United Methodist Church

320 W. Seventh St., Royal Oak, MI 48067 · 248.541.4100

Rev. Jeff Nelson, Lead Pastor


To Download the MLK Celebration Letter and Scholarship Application, click here.


Dear Greater Detroit District Pastors, Lay Leaders, and Youth Leaders,

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” He spoke of the power of education, the urgency of equality, the pillar of justice.  To pay tribute to his legacy, and to continue to cultivate these dreams within our own lives, we invite you to gather at the 30th Celebration honoring Dr. King.

Through a service of song, prayer, litany, and reflection, we will use our voices to continue to speak about the things that matter. We will present awards and scholarships to individuals within our congregations who are pivotal examples of his legacy and who use their lives as a platform to speak. This celebration is always a beautiful way to recenter our hearts and intentions. It is uplifting, poignant, and powerful. We sincerely hope to see you there, either in person or via the livestream!

To participate:

  • Encourage your congregation to join us for this impacting service either in person or via livestream.
  • Nominate a clergy or layperson who demonstrates Rev. King’s values to be named a “Drum Major for Justice.”
    • Please submit a one-page nomination by October 13, 2023 to the MLK Committee by email: [email protected]


Faithfully, your 30th Celebration Committee honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,

Sherman Louis  · Micki Phelps · Victor Raybaud · Tina Campbell · Susanna Webber · Rev. Jeff Nelson, Host Pastor



Greater Detroit District