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Southfield MLK Peace Walk Celebration set for Monday, January 18

            “25 Years of Remembering the Dream, Celebrating Diversity 
                                      and Acting for the Future”

The city of Southfield and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force will host the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Peace Walk Celebration on Monday, January 18 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Hope United Methodist Church, 26275 Northwestern Highway.

The peace walk will depart from Hope United at 10:15 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 feature remarks from Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, civil rights activist Rev. Dr. Jesse Douglas, and Kwame L. Abernathy, JD, the son of the late Dr. Ralph D. Abernathy. The program will also feature musical performances from the Zamir Chorale of Metropolitan Detroit, The United Voices of Detroit and the Southfield-Lathurp High School Madrigals as well as dance performances by the Sun-mi Choi Dancers, Hindu Temple Rhythms, and North American Indian Association of Detroit Dance Troupe. Additionally, the program will feature presentation of the 2010 MLK Community Service Award winner and the ringing of the Liberty Bell by the Southfield Special Olympics Team. Forty-Sixth District Court Judge Shelia Johnson will serve as the emcee for the event and the 3rd annual ‘Celebration of Diversity Taste Fest’ sponsored by Eaton Corporation and Jerusalem Pizza will immediately follow.

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

Posted on Saturday, January 16, 2010 (Archive on Tuesday, January 19, 2010)