Saturday, January 14, 2006

For Immediate Release

Media Advisory

Event: Dr. Martin Luther King Day Freedom March, Jan. 16
Central United Methodist Church, Noon Rally
Woodward Ave. at Adams, Downtown
March Thru Downtown Beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Contact: The Detroit MLK Committee
5922 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
Tel. (313) 680-5508

Annual MLK Day Freedom March & Rally to be Held Monday January 16 Beginning at Noon at the Central United Methodist Church

This year's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march and rally will be an historic event. The theme for 2006 is "Freedom From the Shackles of War, Racism & Poverty." 2006 will be a monumental year as it relates to the struggles for peace and social justice. With the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the growing socio-economic crisis in the country, people of conscious need outlets to express their determination to see fundamental changes in our lifetimes.

The march and rally on January 16 will provide such an opportunity to connect with other progressive people and to build networks aimed at fostering change. The growing budget deficit in Detroit, the attacks on the standard of living of working people by the corporate structures, the efforts to outlaw affirmative action in Michigan and the total neglect of hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters displaced from New Orleans and the Gulf region, illustrates clearly the necessity of the majority of the population to take control of their own destinies.

On Monday, January 16 at Noon, the MLK Day annual march and rally will convene at the Central United Methodist Church. This year's event is co-sponsored, endorsed and supported by a number of organizations such as: the Central United Methodist Church, the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, the First Unitarian Universalist Church, Healing Support Network, the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, the Michigan Citizen newspaper, the UAW Local 22, the UAW Region 1A, the Veterans for Peace, the International Workers of the World, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Detroit Urban League, the Detroit City Council, the Office of the Ombudsman in Detroit, the US-Cuba Labor Exchange, the Palestine Office of Michigan, Amnesty International, Group 78-Detroit and many others. Please join us in building this important event.

This is the third consecutive year that a demonstration has been organized to specifically honor the peace and social justice legacy of Dr. King in downtown Detroit. For more information just contact us by telephone, e-mail. Flyers and sponsorship forms for the MLK Day events can be downloaded from the MECAWI website at

In Solidarity,
Abayomi Azikiwe, Detroit MLK Committee Call: 313-671-3715

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