MLK Free Community Day @ Muskegon Museum of Art

The Muskegon Museum of Art invites the public to annual Martin Luther King Jr. Free Community Day on Monday, January 21; from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Activities will include: Screenings of the newly created Black Man documentary film by Jon Covington, art and craft activity, gallery tours presented by Muskegon High School A.P. art students and MMA docents, an evening panel discussion, and exhibitions that include SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male. MLK Community Day admission and activities are free.

MLK Community Day Schedule

  • 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Galleries open
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Gallery tours led by MMA Docents
  • 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm Black Man film screenings
  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Arts and crafts in the classroom
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm Tours led by Muskegon High School AP Art students
  • 6:30 – 8:00 pm Panel discussion about community and regional issues

Moderated by Jon Covington.


  • Brandon Davis, Muskegon Area Attorney;
  • Alfredo Hernandez, Michigan Department of Civil Rights in Lansing, Equity Officer;
  • William C. Muhammad, James Jackson Museum of African American Art, Board Chair – Member of Board of Trustees;
  • Andrew Sims, Michigan Minority Business Development Council Central & Western MI, Vice-President Marketing & Communication

Special Exhibition

SONS: Seeing the Modern African American Male

The MMA in collaboration with photographer Jerry Taliaferro presents this exhibition of photography featuring African-American men from the greater Muskegon community. SONS is a timely and relevant exhibition about how the African American male is perceived and how he perceives himself. Over 80 photographs of Muskegon men will comprise the exhibition. The men have been selected by a committee of their peers to represent a broad array of backgrounds, professions, and socioeconomic status. Photography and video are used in this project to mimic the process of prejudging people we encounter and reconciling these pre-judgements with realities. A documentary film, Black Man, has been produced as part of the exhibition project.

The exhibition is underwritten by Fifth Third Bank and co-sponsored by Warner Norcross + Judd LLP. Additional support has been provided by the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts. Media partner: WGVU Public Media.

The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave., downtown Muskegon next to Hackley Public Library. Visit for more information.