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Re-enactor to Deliver Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech During Annual Celebration

The Jan. 21 event also includes a walk, performances and service projects.

Living history re-enactor Rudy Barker will help the Multicultural Multiracial Community Council celebrate the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration in Farmington Hills Jan. 21, by delivering King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. 

The event is titled, "50 Years Later: The Dream Lives On" in recognition of the speech's 50th anniversary. Dr. King delivered it on August 28, 1963, during the March on Washingon for Jobs and Freedom, a landmark event in the fight for civil rights.

Barker will speak at the Farmington Community Library Main Library Auditorium during a program that follows the annual walk that starts at 9 a.m., from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. The one-third mile walk ends at the library, where refreshments will be served.

The program begins at 10:15 a.m., with music by the Dunckel Middle School choir and includes a reading by poet Ber-Henda Williams, music and stories by Audrey and Bob Allison and a performance by the Harrison High School dance company. 

Two service projects will also happen during the day. The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be in the library parking lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and everyone is invited to make valentines for seniors in conference room A. 

Visitors will also have the opportunity to view African American artwork from the Arts League of Michigan, on display through February.

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