The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force of Southfield, in partnership with Providence Hospital and DTE Energy Foundation, will sponsor a free presentation by Ms. Donzaleigh Abernathy, daughter of the late Rev. Ralph Abernathy, the famed civil rights activist and close friend and confidant of Dr. King, on Saturday, January 16 from 1:15 - 2:30 p.m. at the Millennium Theatre in Southfield.
Ms. Abernathy will discuss her experience growing up at the forefront of the civil rights movement where she attended major marches and demonstrations as well as her memories of “Uncle Martin” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). Ms. Abernathy will present a compelling and moving visual presentation that will honor the legacy of Dr. King for both youth and adults. She is an accomplished lecturer, actor and author of the book, “Partners to History,” a publication that chronicles the civil rights movement and explores the relationship between Dr. King, Jr. and Rev. Abernathy. There will also be a book signing following the presentation at 2:30 p.m.
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 activities. The 25th Annual MLK Peace Walk Celebration will take place on Monday, January 18 beginning at Hope United Methodist Church at 9:30 a.m., followed by a program at the Southfield Pavilion at 11 a.m.
For more information, call (248) 827-9119 or (248) 752-7549.