MLK Jr. Day Youth Conference

Congressman Andy Levin is pleased to announce the launch of an annual event for 9th District high school students to deeply honor and build on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as a driver of system change. Participants will leave this experience with a greater sense of Dr. King’s opposition to entrenched power structures and his dedication to nonviolent direct action. We hope our student participants will be inspired to exemplify the values of the civil rights movement in their own lives and activism.



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Watch the application announcement video above!

About the event

The inaugural 9th District MLK Jr. Day Youth Conference will be held online Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th, 2021. One 10th grade student and one 11th grade student will be selected from each participating high school. The deadline to apply is Sunday, November 1st at 11:59pm. 


Event Schedule

Saturday, January 16th, 7-8pm: Kickoff Celebration - Students are encouraged to invite their families and teachers to tune in for this evening virtual event. We’ll kick off the weekend with some learning, spoken word, music, and get energized for the conference on Sunday; and we’ll introduce you and all the participating students!

Sunday, January 17th, 2-5pm:  MLK Jr. Youth Conference - In this virtual conference, students will hear from community leaders and educators on Civil Rights history. Students will break into groups to learn about and discuss aspects of the Civil Rights movement in small circles (think “Women and the Civil Rights Movement,” or “Principles of Nonviolence.”). The day will conclude with the full group, with students reflecting on take-aways and what they mean to their lives moving forward.


Requirements to apply

  • The application is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted applications. We look forward to seeing all of the accepted students at the conference in January!


Participating Schools

Berkley High School

Bloomfield Hills High School

Chippewa Valley High Schools

Clintondale High School

Eastpointe High School

Ferndale High School

Fitzgerald High School

Fraser High School

Hazel Park Advantage

Hazel Park High School

International Academy (Okma Campus)

Lake Shore High School

Lakeview High School

Lamphere High School

Lincoln High School

Mt. Clemens High School

Royal Oak High School

South Lake High School

Sterling Heights

Warren Mott High School

Warren Woods High School

Wylie E. Groves High School