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Many Come Together to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Many schools and government offices are closed monday to mark the national holiday honoring the life and legacy of civil rights leader Doctor Martin Luther King Junior.

Many here in Michigan are honoring martin luther king junior by giving back to the community.

Thomas Cooley Law School students were around town doing community work, as well. 20 students walked among the wildlife as part of their day of service at the Potter Park Zoo. Others gathered at the Humane Society and Volunteers of America Kitchen, among others.

"Today, I am on the mini light patrol. We have lights in the bushes, on the ground and in the trees here from their Winter Wonderland. So we're pulling them down so they can go and test them and get them ready for next year," said Amber Freeman, a third-year law student.

They split into an outdoor and an indoor group so not everyone had to spend the day in the icy winds. Halfway through the day, the outdoor workers got to come indoors to make binoculars, which are going to be used for International Migratory Bird Day, which falls on 'Be a Tourist in Your Home Town' on June 1 this year.

Lieutenant Governor Bryan Calley spoke at a luncheon honoring Dr. King. Thousands turned out to the Lansing Center, making it the largest celebration for Dr. King in the state.

Michigan State University held a march to Beaumont Tower. A reception followed at at the MSU Museum. The museum will hold a special exhibit called "East Meets West: The Transgenger Community of Istanbul." It's a series of photographs taken of more than a dozen transgender individuals.

"Martin Luther King Junior was trying to deal with equality in relation to position on a bus for example. This is just addressing equality as part of the community. So going beyond just a point of ethnic origin, and diversity that way and dealing with cultural diversity in the community," said Jim Lawton, the curator of the exhibit.

The exhibit will remain on display until mid-April. For more information on all of these events, visit Seen on 6.

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