Detroit, January 15, 2018: 2018 Detroit MLK Day Rally and March

Hosted by MLK Day Detroit

Rally and March for “Jobs, Peace & Justice”

Central United Methodist Church
23 E. Adams and Woodward, Detroit

Special Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Special
Assistant to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Noon – Rally at Central United Methodist Church
1:30 pm – Freedom March through downtown Detroit
3:00 pm – Community meal, poetry and music, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, I-75 & Woodward Avenue, Detroit

St. John’s Episcopal Church is located north of the parking lot that is next to the Central United Methodist Church.

This year’s 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Rally & March comes at a time of rising hatred, bigotry and military conflict both inside the United States and around the world. The Detroit MLK Day Committee is once again requesting your financial support to continue this tradition which mobilizes the largest social justice gathering in the whole of southeastern Michigan.

On Monday, January 15, 2018, the Detroit MLK Day Program/Rally and March will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King. This year’s program will feature keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette of Emory University, who served as a special assistant to Dr. King for several years.

Just one year prior to his assassination, Dr. King had come out solidly against military intervention in Vietnam. The speech which was delivered on April 4, 1967 by Dr. King linked the struggle against racism, war and poverty in the United States. Dr. King had been under pressure to do so by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) which had taken a firm position against the war in early January 1966.

In addition, 2018 represents the 50th anniversary of the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike as well as the Poor Peoples’ Campaign. These events prefigured the ongoing struggle on behalf of low-wage workers and the imperative of eliminating poverty in this country. The Civil Rights and Peace advocate visited the city of Detroit just three weeks prior to his death, speaking at Grosse Pointe High School and Central United Methodist Church on March 14-15.

Dr. King, who remained a proponent of nonviolence until his death, did not condemn the rebellions which struck over 160 cities during 1967-68. He stated that the “riots were the voices of the unheard.” Noting that the federal government needed to heed the calls of African Americans and other oppressed masses for social justice in order to avoid a much more profound social calamity. Today, some five decades later, the problems of institutional racism, police brutality, poverty and the Pentagon budget remain impediments to the U.S. becoming a genuinely democratic society.

You are cordially invited to attend this 15th Annual Detroit MLK Day event at Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams (at Woodward Ave.) in Detroit. The program begins at 12 noon in the sanctuary and will include music and brief messages from cultural workers and activists from throughout the region.

At about 1:30 p.m., the Detroit MLK Day March for Jobs, Peace and Justice will begin. At 3:00 p.m., a special cultural program of poetry and music will take place at the neighboring St. John’s Episcopal Church located on Woodward at the Fisher I-75 service drive, just one block north of Central. A light meal will be served.

The Detroit MLK Day Committee is comprised of a small, dedicated group of volunteers. Due to the significance of the January 15, 2018, Detroit MLK Day Program & March, we are seeking contributions now to assure a successful event.

Please send your contribution and enclosed donor response form to: Detroit MLK Day Committee, 5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202. Please make checks payable to: “Detroit MLK Day”. You may donate online

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