Save the obligatory homage paid to the contributions of black Americans during the month of February, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is about the only time you're going to get your chance to let loose and celebrate one of the brothas that helped make this country a better place for you and me. This weekend, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters will host the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Birthday Celebration Weekend in honor of the late Dr. King and his many accomplishments. And the weekend's activities are sure to be entertaining. Four female comics bring their stand-up to the Clarence Muse Café Theatre. Kimberly Camp, past president of the Detroit Museum of African American History, sneak-previews her exhibition, African American Dolls: The Work of Kimberly Camp. And the weekend culminates in the celebration's main event: The 23rd Annual Black Music and The Civil Rights Movement ConcertA Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, featuring Grammy nominee Lalah Hathaway. In its 23 years, the concert has featured famed artists such as Eartha Kitt, Jennifer Holliday, Erykah Badu and Rick James, just to name a few. The events kick off Friday and run through Sunday.
Fri., Jan. 13; Sun., Jan. 15