MLK celebration set with United We Walk

By: Sherri Kolade | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 10, 2017


WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield community will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, set for Jan. 16, with a United We Walk event the day before at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at West Bloomfield High School.

Jennifer Graham, a Roosevelt Elementary School first-grade teacher and United We Walk Committee representative, spoke during a West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 19 and encouraged everyone to attend.

“Our guest speaker this year is … (U.S. Rep.) Brenda Lawrence,” Graham said during the meeting. “In addition, we’re going to have participation from the entire school district with elementary, middle and high school student representation throughout the program. We welcome all of you to attend.”

Former Orchard Lake Middle School Principal Esther Peterson began United We Walk during the 1993-94 school year, according to Hertha Woodruff, adult co-chair for the walk. 

The communitywide event includes a walk at 3 p.m. from the West Bloomfield High School atrium down to Orchard Lake Road; attendees are asked to arrive by 2:30 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m., complimentary refreshments will be served in the WBHS atrium after the walk.

At 4:15 p.m. in the WBHS auditorium, a program will commence that includes a keynote address from Lawrence, entertainment and more. At 5:15 p.m., a candlelight vigil will be held in the auditorium.

“The theme this year will be ‘His Dream Raises Us Up,’” Graham said.

West Bloomfield Township Trustee Jonathan Warshay, a member of the walk committee, also encouraged people to attend.

“We certainly would love to have everyone come out and see us the Sunday before MLK Day,” he said during the meeting.

“Hopefully, it won’t be snowing and freezing this year,” another trustee said.

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