Friends- Volunteers for the Detroit MLK Day rally and march are needed.
Come to Central United Methodist Church, Woodward at East Adams,
downtown, between 9 and 10 AM to get an assignment to make everything
move smoothly beginning at Noon for this important program. - David
Detroit MLK Day Rally & March at Central United Methodist Church, Mon.,
Jan. 19, 2009, Rally at Noon
Woodward Avenue at East Adams, March at 1:30 p.m.
Keynote: Prof. Gloria Aneb House, Veteran Civil Rights Activist,
Director of African-American Studies
University of Michigan at Dearborn
Special Guest Speaker- Mr. Osama Siblani - Congress of Arab American
Performance: Renaissance High School Choral Group & Others
Contact: Detroit MLK Committee, Linda, Phone: 313.702.5558
E-mail: Abayomi Azikiwe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
6th Annual Detroit Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Rally & March to
Focus on the Struggle for Peace and Economic Jusitce
On Monday, January 19, 2009, the federal commemoration of the 80th
birthday of the late civil rights and peace activist, Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., will be celebrated across the United States. This year's MLK
Day rally and march in Detroit will be held at the Central United
Methodist Church, located in downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue at East
Adams, beginning with a Noon rally and concluding with a march through
downtown starting at 1:30 P.m.
The Detroit MLK Day Rally & March for 2009 will take on added
significance with the election of the first African-American president
of the United States, Barack Obama. Although this historical milestone
has been achieved, the social efforts aimed at realizing a world without
war, poverty, hunger, racism, sexism, national oppression, LGBT bigotry
and economic exploitation continues.
Our keynote speaker for 2009 is Dr. Gloria Aneb House, Professor and
Director of Humanities and African-American Studies at the University of
Michigan-Dearborn campus. Prof. House is a former member of the Student
Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), where she worked in the
struggle alongside Dr. King, Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) and many
others during the 1960s in Alabama.
Detroit's MLK Day Rally & March will be held under the theme of:
"Economic Justice and the Continuing Struggle for Civil Rights and
Peace." Young people are being encouraged to create posters that
represent the legacy of Dr. King in the 21st Century. The Renaissance
High School Choral will also perform at the opening rally.
In addition, there will be a "Detroit MLK Spirit of Detroit Award" given
to a resident of the city who represents the current phase of the
struggle to realize the dream of Dr. King and the movement that he
Solidarity with the Palestinian people of Gaza, protesting the massacre
of hundreds of civilians by U.S. backed and armed Israel, will also be
an important theme. Osama Siblani, editor of the Arab American News
will be a special guest speaker.
For more information on the Detorit MLK Day events, just contact the
numbers listed above. Admission to this event is free and open to the
Contact: Abayomi Azikiwe, Media Liason