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With Liberty and Justice for All Symposium: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 21, 2013 (10 - 11:30am) in the Museum Plaza
In collaboration with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, The Henry Ford is pleased to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Leonard Pitts Jr. as the keynote speaker. He will speak about Dr. King’s legacy and engage a student panel in a discussion of their views on civil rights today. Copies of Leonard Pitts' book “Freeman” will be available for purchase after the symposium, and the author will be available to sign your copy.
All activities are free of charge. Thanks to the generosity of Target, admission to the event and parking are free.

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symposium agenda
  • 10am-12:30pm – Symposium in Museum Plaza (seating for 200, plus standing room)
    • 10am – Welcome, Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford, and brief remarks by Daniel Krichbaum, director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights
    • 10:08am – Patricia Mooradian introduces Leonard Pitts Jr.
    • 10:10am – Keynote address, Leonard Pitts Jr.
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    • 10:40am – Student panel with Leonard Pitts
    • 11:05am – Audience Q&A
    • 11:20am – Symposium concludes
    • 11:30am-noon – Book signing

All activities are free of charge and open to the public.
Parking is free of charge.

The Henry Ford is located in Dearborn, Michigan on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard, just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12).
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
From the East or West via I-94:
Take I-94 to the Oakwood Boulevard exit; go north on Oakwood. The Henry Ford is 2.5 miles from the exit on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard.
From the South via I-75:
Exit to northbound Southfield Freeway (M-39); drive 4.1 miles to Oakwood Boulevard (Exit 4). Left on Oakwood and drive 1.8 miles.
From the North via Southfield Road (or I-96):
Take Southfield Freeway (M-39) south 4.5 miles past I-96 and exit at Michigan avenue (Exit 6). Continue on the Southfield service drive (veer left) for .5 mile. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Village Road (through the iron gates) and drive .75 mile.
Metro Detroit often has major construction projects. Please check the following sites for the latest on construction areas and road closures.
Michigan Department of Transportation
AAA Traffic & Construction Report