The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 19, 1987 - Page 3
Local marchers honor
Martin Luther King
By VICKI BAUER
About 150 marchers yesterday
honored the late Martin Luther
The march, sponsored by the
Second Baptist Church, culminated
in a memorial service and a set of
speeches emphasizing the contin-
uing struggle of blacks for King's
ideals of peace, justice, and
Pastor Emmet Green said, "We
hope to capture the convictions and
determination of Dr. King and to
try to emulate them in our everyday
Though this was the church's
fifth annual march, it was Ann
Arbor's first official participation in
honoring King. Mayor Ed Pierce
joined the marchers and delivered a
Pierce said the fire and police
departments will be closed in honor
of the holiday, although schools
will not be. "I'm trying my best to
make this something more than an
extended weekend," he said.
"Ann Arbor has taken a major
step forward," Pierce said. "I have
tried to appoint blacks to every
significant board in the city and
open up government offices."
He noted the Ann Arbor School
Board's vote to actively integrate
the city's schools and said, "I hope
that the gap between black and
white academic achievement will be
"With the Reagan admin-
istration, efforts are being made to
turn the clock back. Some of the
issues that were with us yesterday
are with us today," said Richard
Garland, chairman of the Martin
Luther King Memorial Committee.
Fred McCuiston, president of the
Ann Arbor chapter of the NAACP,
said blacks "must become active in
the school, the city government and
other places where barriers exist.
We have to live our life equiv-
ilently to every other ethnic group.
We have to rededicate ourselves."
McCuiston also dealt with the
importance of black youth.
"Because of the Reagan Admin-
istration's attempt to take back the
gains we have made in recent years,
the black youth must be active.
Black youth have a future. We have
to save our children; we cannot
depend on anyone else to do it."
Ronnie Peterson, County
Commisioner of Washtenaw
County said it is "important that
our children know our heritage,
what the struggle meant to our
parents and grandparents and that
freedom was fought for," he said.
Robert Wallace, minister of the
First Baptist Church, addressed
local issues of equality and justice.
"The unfinished task of Dr. King
belongs to the whole community,
black and white. We need to do this
together and cross the racial
boundaries. There must be equal
housing which means affordable
housing," he said.
Ann Marie Coleman, a campus
minister of Guild House and
candidate for Ann Arbor City Coun-
cil, said, "I think this a valuable
time we can come together, black
and white, rich and poor. It is a
time we can be together, walk
together. We don't do it often
UM News in,
Daily Photo by LESLIE BOORSTEIN
Area supporters of the philosophy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. turned out yesterday to take part in
the fifth annual Unity March honoring the slain civil rights leader. The march proceded from the Washtena,
County Court Building to the Second Baptist Church where a memorial service for Dr. King was held.
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t and car pool, robbing the movement of its
the November martyrs.
Court decision Despite divisive SCLC leader-
's bus segre- ship, an intelligent opposition, and
tutional. lack of federal support, King and
ed in Mont- his colleagues learned valuable
1 rights move- lessons which they would effec-
irst important tively apply two years later in
w and dynamic Birmingham, Ala.
King. In the local officials of Bir-
King travelled mingham, King faced formidable
onally for civil and violent adversaries. But King
t book, "Stride turned their violence into a
id helped found weakness.
an Leadership The national television news
C), a group displayed the inhuman brutality of
e the activities police clubbing women, loosing
s springing up attack dogs on children, and phys-
i. ically blasting non-violent demon-
omery in late strators backwards with full force
the SCLC fire hoses.
anta. In 1961, KING, arrested and in solitary
for integration confinement, wrote his impassioned
n Albany, Ga., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail,"
najor setback. on scraps of paper and the margins
ief aide,,Ralph of newspapers. In it, he answered
arrested for clergy members who criticized his
ctic they had conduct as unworthy of a religious
ner emotional man.
auses for all races
"Only just laws need be obeyed,"
King wrote, "and just laws must
correspond to God's law."
By the time King was released,
racial tension in Birmingham had
reached a feverous pitch, and the
city became the focus of national
In May 1963, after continued
demonstrations and outside pres-
sure, the Birmingham Pact was
struck, desegregating schools, lunch
counters, and other public facilities.
SEGREGATION began to
end in Birmingham, but violent
racism continued. President John
Kennedy, whom King had accused
of placing more importance on
putting a man on the moon than
putting a black in the Alabama
state legislature, told King what he
had been waiting to hear. Civil
rights, previously low or absent
from the national agenda, would
now be placed at the top of the list.
At the end of August, King and
others led more than 200,900
people in the March on Washing-
ton, inaugurating the civil rights
movement on a national scale.
With the Lincoln Memorial in
the background, King gave his "I
Have a Dream" speech. He spoke of
cashing-in on the defaulted "promis-
sory note" of liberty for minorities,
and advocated non-violent protest as
the means to this end.
Emotion and applause height-
ened with each proclamation,
culminating in King's final
declaration of hope that one day,
"all of God's children, black men
and white men, Jews and Gentiles,
Protestants and Catholics, will be
able to join hands and sing in the
words of the old Negro spiritual,
'Free at last! Free at last! Thank
God almighty, we are free at last!"
The mood was optimistic, but
further, more trying, struggles lay
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Michigan Film/Video, Eye, 8
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Eyemediae continues its noble effort
to present the best of local
Ballus Walker - "Public Health
and Civil Rights: Martin Luther
King's Agenda," School of Public
Health, 4 p.m., Henry Vaughan
Bldg., 109 Observatory.
Kent Hubbell - "The Architect
and Mr. Heidegger," Institute for the
Humanities, 7:30 p.m., Horace
Rackham Bldg., fourth floor
Tikva Frymer - "Women in
Jewish Law," B'nai B'rith Hillel
Foundation, 7 p.m., Hillel
Auditorium, 1429 Hill St.
Jim Dye - "Electrides: Crystalline
Salts in which the Anions Are
Trapped Electrons," Dept. of
Chemistry, 4 p.m., 1200 Chemistry
Darryl Allen - "The Transition
Washtenaw Association for
Retarded Citizens - Membr-
ship meeting, 7:30 p.m., Sheraton
Gay Men's Support Group -
6:30 p.m. Call 763-4186 for
Asian American Association
- Mass meeting, 7 p.m., Michigan
Union Anderson Room.
Martin Luther King Jr. Birth -
- day Celebration - Keynote
speaker: Detroit Councilwoman
Barbara-Rose Collins; African dance:
Alana Barter; Drama: Black Theatre
Workshop, 3-6 p.m., Alumni
Commemoration of a Dream
- Noon march from South
University and Washtenaw to Diag;
1 p.m. rally on the Diag; 7 p.m.
closing ceremony at Trotter House
"Interviewing" lecture - Career
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School of Education Bldg., Whitney
A Squares- Square dancing open
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