Events taking place to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

DETROIT (WXYZ) - There are many things going on all throughout the area today to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

You can join the honorable Damon J. Keith and others as they honor the life of the late civil rights leader.

The morning will kick off at 8:00 with a commemorative breakfast.

Doors at the Charles H. Wright Museum open at 7:00, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Valet parking is also available.

Others will be serving the needs of their neighbors in the community.

The Americorps Urban Safety Project volunteers will board and clean up over 20 vacant properties as part of the National Day of Service.

if you'd like to be a part of this day of changeā€¦.registration and check-in begins at 8:30 this morning, and the work begins at 9:00.

There will also be a peace walk taking place today as well.

You can join in by meeting at the Hope United Methodist Church just off Northwestern Highway, in Southfield.

The peace walk will begin at 9:45 and will end at the Southfield Pavilion, which is just off Evergreen road.

A host of speakers will make remarks, and there will be a special presentation of colors by the Buffalo Soldiers.

A 10-mile memorial bike ride will take place today as well.

This begins at 10:00 this morning,  taking off from the Wayne State University campus.

The ride will cover the 1963 March to Freedom, and pass several historical sites relevant to Dr. king and other local activists that were a huge part of history.

The Hands on Museum in Ann arbor will be offering a discounted admission of $4 from 10-5 pm.

And lastly, three community groups will come together to begin restoring a home damaged by fire.

Rebuilding Together Detroit, along with the Heidelberg Project and Young Detroit Builders will team up to restore a home on Elba street.

That's in the Heidelberg community; and the home was damaged late last year during a series of arson fires within the Heidelberg project community.

Several homes were destroyed; the restoration is being done in honor of the holiday.

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