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United We Walk Offering 'Unity in the Community'

Annual event to celebrate the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. scheduled Jan. 20.

West Bloomfield High School graduate David Merritt will deliver the keynote address at the annual United We Walk march, scheduled on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.

Merritt, a 2004 graduate who helps lead the mega-church Straight Gate Congregation Church of Detroit and is involved as an entrepeneur in philanthropic efforts, will speak on this year's theme of "Unity in the Community," according to organizers who addressed the School Board at Monday night's meeting.

The 19th annual event kicks off with a one-mile march, beginning at 3 p.m. from the high school. Entertainment includes performances by the district's choirs, jazz band, orchestra and dance teams. Participants are asked to bring signs, posters and banners to carry on the march.

The event continues in the high school auditorium, with special recognition for an accomplished community leader to be named, recognition of a world leader to be named, and a candlelight vigil led by the West Bloomfield Clergy Association.

Additional information, including sponsorship donations form can be downloaded at unitedwewalk.org.

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