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From Generation to Generation: Building Bridges of Unity and Understanding

The city of Southfield and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force will host the 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Peace Walk Celebration on Monday, January 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at Hope United Methodist Church, 26275 Northwestern Highway.

The peace walk will depart from Hope United at 9:45 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. program at the Southfield Pavilion, located in the Southfield Municipal Complex, 26000 Evergreen Road. The program will include remarks from Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, 46th District Court Judge Shelia Johnson, MLK Task Force founder Barbara Talley and current MLK Task Force President Dorothy Dean, Esq. Civil rights leader Dr. William Anderson will serve as the keynote speaker with his presentation “Civil Rights This Generation.” Dr. Anderson is best known for his work in the civil rights movement as the founder and first president of the Albany Movement, a desegregation coalition formed in Albany, Georgia in November 1961 by local activists, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In December 1961, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) became involved in the Albany Movement with protests against racial-segregation. Voter registration drives, petitions, and other civil rights related activities have since been ongoing in Albany for decades. Dr. Anderson also took part in hundreds of civil rights marches across the country and worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The event will also feature the Presentation of Colors by the Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen and Southfield Police & Fire Departments, a special dance tribute by the Motor City Dance Factory as well as musical performances by Pastor Tim Larson of Peace Lutheran Church, vocalist Davis Gloff, and Thompson Middle School Choir. The program will conclude with the presentation of the 2014 MLK Community Service Award, the MLK Peace Pledge and the ringing of the Liberty Bell.

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. The walk continues to grow in size and scope each year, with year-long educational and community outreach activities.  

For more information, call the MLK Task Force hotline at (248) 827-9119 or visit  

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