Traverse City Events: A series of events celebrating the ideals of tolerance, diversity and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself takes place throughout the Grand Traverse region from January 13 to March 3.

The series, "Embrace The Dream," represents an unprecedented collaboration of local organizations and venues working together to herald Black History Month, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the rights and respect of all. The events include live music and stage performances, interactive exhibits, films, fine art and more.

Virtually all events are free and open to the public, including free weekend admission (including MLK Day) to the Dennos Museum Center.

A complete list of events:

Tue., Jan. 15, 7pm Traverse Area District Library Main Branch: To Kill A Mockingbird book discussion.

Thu., Jan. 17, 3:30pm Dennos Museum: Educator discussion with Dr. David Pilgrim, founder and curator of The Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University. Pilgrim conducts conversation with area educators and parents.

Thu., Jan. 17, 5:30pm Dennos Museum: Community reception for "THEM: Images of Separation," featuring presentation by Dr. David Pilgrim, exhibit curator.

Mon., Jan 21, 9am State Theatre: To Kill A Mockingbird film screening.

Mon., Jan. 21, 11am-3pm Great Lakes Children’s Museum: Peace Day celebration.

Mon., Jan. 21, 11:30am-2:30pm State Theatre: Live coverage of the Barack Obama Presidential Inauguration.

Mon., Jan. 21, 5:30pm-7:30pm State Theatre: Special live performance featuring the nationally renowned Brazeal Dennard Chorale, America's oldest African-American choir.

Mon., Jan. 21, 7pm-8:30pm Traverse Area District Library Peninsula Community Library: Driving Miss Daisy film screening.

Mon., Jan. 21, 8:30pm-10:30pm State Theatre: Middle of Nowhere film screening.

Thu., Jan. 24, 7pm Dennos Museum Center: Prom Night in Mississippi film screening.

Fri., Feb. 1–Thu., Feb. 28: Pangea’s Pizza offering special soul food menu.

Fri., Feb. 1, 8pm Traverse Area District Library Main Branch: Come Back, Africa film screening.

Wed., Feb. 6, 11am State Theatre: The Color Purple film screening.

Thu., Feb. 7, 7pm Dennos Museum Center: WCMU Community Cinema The Power Broker film screening.

Wed., Feb. 13, 11am State Theatre: Glory film screening.

Wed., Feb. 13, 7pm Traverse Area District Library Main Branch: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie book discussion.

Sat., Feb. 16, 2pm Traverse Area District Library Main Branch: Citizen King film screening.

Wed., Feb. 20, 11am State Theatre: Remember the Titans film screening.

Wed., Feb. 27, 11am State Theatre: Do The Right Thing film screening.

Thu., Feb. 28, 7pm Dennos Museum Center: “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman” live stage performance.

Further information about all "Embrace The Dream" events is available at

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