Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 from 7:00pm to 8:45pm
Black Family Visual Arts Center
22 Lebanon Street

Building a Compassionate Community 2023 MLK Celebration

2023 Celebration - Building a Compassionate Community
As we strive to recognize and emulate Dr. King’s legacy, our goal for the annual MLK Celebration is to honor and celebrate his life and work so that members of our community may:

- Be cognizant of and value his transformational politics and actions, the broader context of his leadership in the civil rights movement, and the ongoing power of this legacy;
- Be inspired and motivated to apply Dr. King’s philosophy and approach to our own lives and work; and
- Be called to address the causes and impact of social inequality and injustice—individually, locally, and globally.
- We invite you to join us and hope that that this year’s programming, inspired by Dr. King’s life and legacy, provides opportunities for learning, for reflection, and for hope.


7:00pm - 8:45pm: Hop Film: Bad Axe

A close-knit Asian Mexican American family in rural Michigan fights to keep their restaurant alive in the face of a pandemic and a community fractured by racism. Discussion follows

After leaving NYC for his rural hometown of Bad Axe, Michigan, at the start of the pandemic, Asian American filmmaker David Siev documents his family's struggles to keep their restaurant afloat. As fears of the virus grow, deep generational scars dating back to Cambodia's bloody "killing fields" come to the fore, straining the relationship between the family's patriarch, Chun, and his daughter, Jaclyn. When the BLM movement takes center stage in America, the family uses its collective voice to speak out in their conservative community. What unfolds is a real-time portrait of 2020 through the lens of one multicultural family's fight to stay in business, stay involved and stay alive.

Programmed in conjunction with the campus Martin Luther King, Jr celebration

Learn more and get tickets here.

Location: Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center