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Ceremony will commemorate 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King

The Southfield Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, in partnership with the city of Southfield, will hold a bell ringing ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, April 4 at 2 p.m. on the front steps of Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen Rd.

The ceremony will include a short program with remarks from local officials including Southfield Mayor Kenson Siver, City Clerk Sherikia Hawkins, Southfield MLK Task Force founder Barbara E. Talley, among other officials and citizens. Volunteer youth will assist in ringing the city’s bell 39 times to honor the late Dr. King.

“The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change has asked cities around the country to participate in bell ringing ceremonies and to ring a bell for each year that Dr. King lived,” stated MLK Task Force member and event chair, Dorothy Dean. “Dr. King was 39 when he was assassinated.”

“We are very pleased to collaborate with the city of Southfield to recognize Dr. King” added Patricia Haynie, MLK Task Force President.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force is an all-volunteer grassroots civic organization, focused on communicating the importance of celebrating the national Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with the local community. The Task Force was established in 1985, incorporated in 1992 and is comprised of residents, private and public organizations the local government representatives.

The first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk was in Southfield on January 20, 1986, thus commemorating the first observance of the national holiday. The Task Force was founded by former Southfield Councilwoman Barbara Talley, with numerous Southfield residents serving as charter members. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information, contact event chair Dorothy Dean at (248) 790-0057.

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