Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday Peace Walk happening Jan. 21th

MLK peace walk focuses on remembering the man, the message in the city of Southfield

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - The city of Southfield and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force are hosting the 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Peace Walk Celebration.

The walk starts at Hope United Methodist Church, on Northwestern Highway on Monday, January 21 and walkers are encouraged to be there by 9:30 a.m.

The walk for peace will depart at 10 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. program at the Southfield Pavilion, located in the Southfield Municipal Complex on Evergreen Road.

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Southfield was the first city in the state of Michigan to hold a Dr. King peace walk or march.

The first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk took place on January 20, 1986, commemorating the first national observance of Dr. King's birthday.

Organizers say the walk continues to grow in size and scope each year with year-long educational and community outreach activities. 

The walk will focus on remembering the man, the movement and the message through diverse program and performances in Southfield.


This year's program will include remarks from Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, District Court Judge Shelia Johnson, Southfield/Farmington Hills NAACP Branch President Dr. Jonice Crawford Butler and MLK Task Force President Barbara Seldon.

Patricia Ann Talley, president of Negros Mexico, A.C. will present "Dr. King's Influence in Mexico" and Barbara Talley, MLK Task Force vice president, will provide an overview of the MLK Task Force African-Mexican Exhibit "Pathways to Freedom in the Americas" on display through March at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

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The event will also feature a special tribute by Mosiac Youth Theatre of Detroit as well as performances by Davis Glouff, the field Zone Playerz, LaShelle's School of Dance and the Southfield-Lathrup High School Madrigals.

The celebration will conclude with the presentation of the 2013 MLK Community Service Award, the MLK Peace Pledge and the ringing of the Liberty Bell.

For more information, call the MLK Task Force 248-827-9119.

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