5 Ways Martin Luther King Jr. Has Michigan Ties

By Teresa Mask

Grosse Pointe Patch

Martin Luther king jrMonday is a national holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. King left his mark during his lifetime as a civil rights activist, including a couple stops in the Detroit area.

Martin Luther King Jr.

5 ways King is tied to Michigan:

1. Original Dream Speech – King first delivered the “I have a Dream” speech to a crowd of 150,000 at Cobo Hall in Detroit—two months before the famous rendition during the March on Washington in 1963.

2. Historical Recording – The original version of the “Dream” speech was recorded by Gordy Records, a subsidiary of Motown Records in Detroit.

3. Rosa Parks Bus – When she refused to give up her seat to a white person on a public bus in 1955, Rosa Parks, a tired black seamstress, sparked the civil rights movement that King led. That bus remains one of the most visited exhibits in Dearborn’s Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.

4. Visit to Grosse Pointe – In 1968, King gave a speech to a crowd of 2,700 at what is now Grosse Pointe South High School, according to the Grosse Pointe Historical Society. He was assassinated three weeks later.

5. MLK Symposium – Monday will mark the 27th annual MLK symposium at the University of Michigan. Each year the university focuses on a topic related to King in an effort to “remember the work and legacy of Dr. King.” This year’s theme is 50 Years Later (R) Evolution of the Dream.

Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1968 Speech at Grosse Pointe High School

Grosse Pointe has a special, but little known connection to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Nobel-prize winning activist gave a speech at Grosse Pointe High School (now Grosse Pointe South) on March 14, 1968, three weeks before he was assassinated. His speech, entitled “The Other America,” was delivered in the school gym to a capacity crowd of 2,700, according to a Grosse Pointe News article. Some 200 picketers from the right-wing organization, Breakthrough, demonstrated in front of the building, but the evening proceeded without incident. Dr. King was invited to speak by the Grosse Pointe Human Relations Council, a group of concerned citizens who worked for things like fair housing.

This on-line exhibit includes a copy of the speech along with pictures of Dr. King’s appearance, as well as comments from members of Breakthrough and the Human Relations Council.

This situation was so volatile, according to accounts in the Society’s files, the Grosse Pointe Farms Police Chief actually sat on King’s lap in the car ride to the high school in order to protect him.

Anyone who remembers attending the speech is invited to e-mail your comments or photos to the society at info@gphistorical.org

Further Reading: “Up north: Martin Luther King, Jr., in Grosse Pointe,” by historian, filmmaker and freelance writer, Paul Lee. The Michigan Citizen, January 18 – January 24, 2004. Note: Copy of the FBI report on Dr. King’s appearance courtesy of Paul Lee.

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Music Together November 2013

Music Together November 2013

The Holidays are ALMOST here! 

It is always hard to believe how fast Fall goes and how quickly we go from enjoying the leaves turning colors to the busy winter holiday season. Your Hummingbirds Music Together friends are gearing up for an exciting and busy time with multiple events and we want to share them with you early so you can save the dates.

Upcoming Events:

Saturdays November 30 – December 21: Hummingbirds Music Together and the Grosse Pointe Momprenuers have been asked to help spread cheer throughout the holidays at “Santa’s Village” in the Village of Grosse Pointe (located near Great Clips and LOFT, on Kerchavel St.) We have a fun schedule planned: Nov 30th – Make a Jingle Bell Bracelet, Dec 7th – Holly Jolly Jamboree Sing Along Dec 14th – Holiday Sing and Sign and Dec 21st – A Signing Storytime led by MomCat’s Singing Academy! For more information visit www.thevillagegp.com and check our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hummingbirdsmt


Wednesday, December 18 & Wednesday, January 8: The Canton Public Library has invited us back for two more fun filled events. In December, we will share holiday music classics from around the world including The Nutcracker. In January, we will have a sneak peak of the Winter Sticks Collection and hope to meet new friends that may join our Canton classes. Both classes run 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


The Gift of Music

Hummingbirds Music Together offers gift certificates that can go towards classes at any time. If you are looking for something special to give friends or family, or you are being asked for gift ideas for your children, the gift of music is one that carries through a lifetime! To purchase gifts certificates please call (313) 458-7723. NOTE: Please remember, family members are always welcome to join your child/children at class so please do invite Grandmas and Grandpas to see how much the children love their musical gifts.

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NEW Singalong Storybooks

Music Together November 2013

Music Together now offers a variety of beautifully illustrated sing along storybooks based on songs from the different song collections. Inspiring singing, pre-literacy learning, and imaginative play between children and their favorite adults, the storybooks are available in both hardback and board-book formats and include fun activity suggestions and a free download of the song. We will have books available in upcoming classes to see and purchase. To see the different storybooks available, visit http://store.musictogether.com/Singalong-Storybooks.php You can also show your children the cute “One Little Owl” music video featuring kids around the world and the book.



Hummingbirds Music Together wishes you and your family a peaceful holiday season!

-Miss Sarah, Miss Emily & Miss Hazimah







International Day of Peace

Hummingbirds Music Together to Celebrate United Nations’

International Day of Peace

Saturday, September 21

Peace Day Sing Along to take place at the Grosse Pointe Public Library – Woods Branch

International Day of Peace

Music Together, the leading international early childhood music education program, will commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace (September 21) with family music events around the world at many of its 2000 locations in 40 countries. Our special local event  will be with Hummingbirds Music Together at the Grosse Pointe Public Library Woods Branch, on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., which will be a Peace Day Sing Along.

A centerpiece for this local celebration is the singing of “May All Children,” written by Music Together Founder/Director Kenneth K. Guilmartin, in honor of UNICEF’s fortieth anniversary in the 1980s (www.musictogether.com/MayAllChildren). The song is a simple wish for peace and, since its composition, has been sung millions of times throughout the world in Music Together classes and by community and school choruses as part of the company’s work to support UNICEF. Thousands of children and families from around the world will sing “May All Children” at Music Together events on September 21.

According to Sarah Boyd, Director of Hummingbirds Music Together, “Our Peace Day event here in Grosse Pointe will be a joyful and memorable celebration. We hope many families join us for what promises to be an incredible day! We will be joined by special guests, the Detroit Children’s Choir, who will perform the Music Together song, “May All Children”. Families will sing songs from around the world and make a rainstick instrument.”

Created by a United Nations resolution in 1981, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. It is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

In addition to this local event and simultaneous celebrations around the world, Music Together has created a special singalong storybook for “May All Children.” (Visit store.musictogether.com/Singalong-Storybooks.php.) In honor of the International Day of Peace, Music Together will donate proceeds to UNICEF from “May All Children” book sales and song downloads that take place during the weekend of September 20. Books will be available for purchase at the Peace Day Sing Along next weekend.

Music Together® is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children birth through age seven. The Music Together curriculum, coauthored in 1987 by Kenneth K. Guilmartin (Founder/Director) and Rowan University Professor of Music Education Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz (Director of Research), is based on the recognition that all children are musical: all children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. Music Together offers programs for families; schools; at-risk populations; and children with special needs, in over 2000 communities in 40 countries around the world. The company is passionately committed to bringing children and their caregivers closer through shared music-making and helping people discover the joy and educational value of early music experiences. More at www.MusicTogether.com and on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/MusicTogether.







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Summer is almost here and while it’s good to get a break from academic studies, it is very important for beginner and serious students alike to continue their music lessons. For many people, summer music programs allow students to make huge strides in their playing or singing abilities. Keeping yourself or your children involved in music programs during the summer will make a big difference in the individuals awareness of what it takes to play a musical instrument. It’s not that if you take a break you are going to lose everything that you know. The key is to stay as consistent as possible and cutting out of lessons just because it’s summer is not a good reason. We understand that people are busy during the summer so we have created flexible summer music programs to ensure that you can stay focused without changing anyones vacation plans!

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