To celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., several hundred students, faculty, and staff from Lawrence Technological University joined with the city of Southfield and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force in the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Peace Walk on Jan. 21.
On a cold, overcast morning, LTU President Virinder Moudgil, Provost Maria Vaz, Dean of Students Kevin Finn, and College of Management Dean Bahman Mirshab joined the largest LTU contingent every to participate in the Southfield march.
In addition, 15 LTU students completed a service project at Vista Maria in the afternoon after the march. For other LTU service events for the semester, go to LTU’s volunteer calendar.
The peace walk began at the Hope United Methodist Church near the north end of campus and proceeded one mile to the Southfield Municipal Complex. After the walk was completed, a celebration of King’s life and legacy took place at the Southfield Pavilion with remarks from Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence and other community leaders.
Southfield held the first MLK Day peace walk or march in Michigan on Jan. 20, 1986, in conjunction with the first national observance of King’s birthday. The walk is part of year-long educational and community outreach activities in Southfield.
In addition to many service projects in the Metro Detroit, some LTU students participate in Alternative Spring Break in March. This year a group of students will travel to New Orleans to team up with Camp Restore, an organization dedicated to restoring faith, homes, and the community through prayer, volunteering, and financial support.