DETROIT – Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School will honor its namesake at the 7th Annual MLK Legacy March on Monday, January 18, 2016. Representatives from the community, churches, labor unions, businesses, sororities, fraternities in addition to schools from across the metropolitan area will march alongside area students during the annual MLK Day event. After the march we are asking marchers to do an act of community service or commit to an action sometime during 2016.
WHO: 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy March
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 18th ~ Tours: 9:00 am Program: 10:00 am March: 11:00 am
WHERE: MLK High School 3200 Lafayette Boulevard Detroit, Michigan 48207
The school is transformed into a historical time capsule for tours with interactive information covering the historical civil rights movement. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., school tours at 9:00 a.m., the MLK Legacy program at 10:00 a.m. and the Legacy March will kick off at 11:00 a.m. The 1.5 mile march begins in front of the school at 3200 East Lafayette.
Performances and highlights:
• A Performance of “Glory” by King’s award-winning dance troupe
• “One Single Rose”, the award-winning Detroit poet writer, playwright, singer and actress. Her spoken word CD, “Poetic Truth” was voted 2015 Spoken Word/Poetry Album of the Year.
• King, Renaissance, and Cass Tech’s city-wide marching bands will perform during the march. Two floats, “Motown” and “Family Time”, designed by student Ayress Goss, from the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade will complement the marchers.
• CHIP (Child Helpful Identification Program). The program is recognized by the State of Michigan as a great way to help combat child abduction. It will be free of charge courtesy of Masons Assisting People (MAP)
The MLK Legacy honorees:
The 2016 MLK Legacy honorees are:
• Aretha Franklin, legendary singer and songwriter
• Bruce Millan, co-founder and artistic director of the Detroit Repertory Theater
• Marilyn Mullane, Executive Director, Michigan Legal Services
• Ted Phillips, Executive Director, United Community Housing Coalition
• Gerald “Dip” Bantom, UAW Vice President, (retired)
• Ron Scott, community activist and journalist (posthumously)
Participants and sponsors for this year’s annual march and program include Congressman John Conyers, Senator Gary Peters, Detroit Deputy Mayor Isaiah McKinnon, Detroit City Councilperson Mary Sheffield, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, DPS Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, UAW-Ford and the Parade Company.
More about the Annual MLK Legacy March
This year’s theme, “My Life Matters,” was created to help encourages students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members to accept the commitment to fulfill the work of service needed to make the community and country more unified where all work together.
“As adults we must encourage and inspire our young people with our actions,” said Michael Joseph, MLK Legacy March Co-Chair. “If we truly believe My Life Matters, our actions will support the importance and purpose of our existence. If My Life Matters, we must do what is essential to make our lives successful and meaningful. The Dream is alive inside of us and the Legacy continues because of us.”
“It’s an honor to support the students of King High School as they impact their world through the march each year,” said Karinda Washington, MLK Legacy March Co-Chair and 1996 King Alumna. “If we don’t invest our time and resources into them, who will? Seven years is a blessing but we need more support for DPS throughout the year as this great work continues.”
King Senior Class President Jana Goodwin says students are looking forward to walking and working with the community to keep the legacy of Dr. King alive.
“This is a celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and how it is now our turn to be the advocates and voice to keep hope alive and change the world.” said Goodwin.
MY LIFE MATTERS! Focus is on keeping the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. moving forward both in our personal lives and in our community.
MY LIFE MATTERS! Whether we are students; teachers; administrators in education; parents or leaders in the faith community; leaders in government; business; or labor, we will accept and fulfil our responsibilities within our power.
MY LIFE MATTERS! We make the commitment to improve ourselves so that we are able to do the work of service needed to make our country and community a better place to live.
The Dream is alive inside of us and the Legacy continues because of us!
Individuals and organizations are invited to join us as volunteers and marchers. If you wish to volunteer call Ms. Kaye at 313-244-6340.