“United We Walk” Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. in West Bloomfield Jan. 15

“United We Walk” Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. in West Bloomfield Jan. 15

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West Bloomfield, MI – “United We Walk” celebrates the life and contributions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The walk and refreshments, program, and candlelight vigil will all be held on Sunday, January 15, at West Bloomfield High School.

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Congresswoman Lawrence will deliver the keynote speech at the celebration based on the 2017 theme, “His Dream Raises Us Up”.

Lawrence was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November of 2014, where she serves as a Senior Whip and is a ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, also serving on the Interior Subcommittee.

United We Walk Co-Chair Jennifer Graham commented, “We are very honored to have Congresswoman Lawrence as our keynote speaker this year and share her views on social justice with our community.”

United We Walk will honor Michigan filmmaker and West Bloomfield resident Mike Rott (Dynasty Media Network, LLC) with its Community Leader Award. Among other films, Rott produced the award-winning documentary , ‘The Luft Gangster: Memoirs of A Second Class Hero’, which tells the story about the life and legacy of Tuskegee Airmen (“Red Tail”) fighter pilot, WWII Nazi P.O.W. and eyewitness to the atrocities at Dachau Concentration Camp, Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson (95). Both Rott and Lt. Col. Jefferson will be in attendance to accept the award.

This year, for the first time, United We Walk will honor a community member with the prestigious Presidents Volunteer Service Award, to be announced at the program.
The program includes performances by the West Bloomfield High School Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Bands, Commemorative Button Design and Expression Contest winners, and recognition of the World Leader.

Students of all ages, adults and organizations are encouraged to create banners celebrating “His Dream” and to carry the banners during the walk. Orchard Lake Road, between Maple Road and Lone Pine Road, will be closed during the walk. Free parking is available at the high school.


2:30 pm – Gather in Atrium at West Bloomfield High School

3:00 p.m. – Walk – Orchard Lake Road
4:15 p.m. – Program – West Bloomfield High School Auditorium
5:30 p.m. – Candlelight Vigil – WBHS Auditorium, Invocation
All events are free, open to the public

United We Walk is a community-wide effort that is supported by the West Bloomfield School District, West Bloomfield Clergy Association, Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition for Youth, Optimist Club of West Bloomfield, West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation, West  Bloomfield Library, West Bloomfield Township and Police Department, and numerous other civic and community groups and area residents.

Co-chairs of the United We Walk Planning Committee
Reverend Tim Holzerland, Jennifer Graham, and Justin Brown.

Student Co-chairs:
Zay Douglas, Cydnee Graham, Maria Kakos, Jordan Robinson

United We Walk Information: www.unitedwewalk.org

2017 THEME: “His Dream Raises Us Up”

Sunday, January 15, 2017

3:00 pm

West Bloomfield High School

4925 Orchard Lake Road (north of Walnut Lake Road)

West Bloomfield, Michigan


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