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King High School celebrates MLK Day

Holly Moreland, Heather Knox, Evan Knox, Dexter Moreland,
Hailey Moreland and Hunter Moreland

Metro Detroiters join 4th annual celebration

By Puakea Olaisha Anderson
Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — On Jan. 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School commemorated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 21 is MLK Day, the national holiday named in the civil rights leader’s honor. Although school was closed, hundreds of students and their families from all over the metro Detroit area attended the fourth Annual MLK Day March and Celebration at King High School, located on the city’s east side, to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy.

“My family and I are from Harper Woods and my sister here lives in West Bloomfield. We came to celebrate the life of Dr. King,” Holly Moreland told the Michigan Citizen. Festivities started in the auditorium, hosted by radio personality Frankie Darcell.

King High School students performed skits about non-violence and the civil rights movement.

The students also performed a praise dance in tribute to Dr. King.

“It was very inspiring to see the show,” said freshman student Alice Greene. “We hear about Dr. King every year, but this year was different.”

Ali Fadlallah of Dearborn delivered a speech about his experience as an Arab American. “I came to share my experience about being Arabic in America. I was very passionate about it and I had a great time,” Fadlallah said.

Following the ceremony, students, faculty, parents and community members marched around the school, accompanied by the Martin Luther King High School marching band.

“We were very passionate about this event, it meant a lot to us,” said Dominic Fox, a senior at King.

Councilmember James Tate commented on the positive, peaceful atmosphere and lively celebration.

“I am looking forward to next year’s march. The students did a very good job,” said Tate.

The faculty provided refreshments at the ceremony, which included hot chocolate, apple juice, water and cookies.

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