Who We Are

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc. is an all volunteer grassroots civic organization. Its purpose is to communicate to others in the local community the importance of celebrating the National Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc. was established in 1985. Receiving its incorporation status in 1992, the Task Force is comprised of local residents, private and public organizations and local government representatives.


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Peace Walk 2016 Flyer

Download the flyer for our 31th Annual Peace Walk Celebration.

2015 Annual Peace Walk

Program Committee Information

1st Vice President Robin Dillard-Russaw serves as Chair of the program committee. She and her committee are in the process of finalizing the 2016 program. The Theme: From Generation to Generation: Serve... Advocate... Inspire. If you are interested in serving on this committee, or if you have suggestions for the program, please contact Robin at (313) 492-7638 or by e-mail at rdillardesq@gmail.com.

The Taste Fest Committee is responsible for providing light refreshments of an international flair following the Pavilion program.

2016 Youth Community Service Award

Download the nomination form for the MLK Youth Community Service Award.

2016 Youth Essay Contest Flyer

Download the flyer for our 2016 Youth Essay Contest.



To award eligible applicants with scholarships for college tuition or books, full or partial expenses associated with travel on a civil rights tour, or place of interest determined by the Scholarship Committee.

Type of Award

Academic - $500 (4 awards)
Travel - $200-$500 (to be determined by the scholarship committee)

Who May Apply

Any student who is a resident of Southfield or Lathrup Village.

Criteria Academic

  • Students must provide an official transcript of high school credit including 11th and 12th grades
  • Students must provide an acceptance letter from accredited college or university
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or more on a 4.0 scale
  • Documented community service (school, church, community)
  • Original typewritten essay 250 words, entitled "How do you plan to live a life following Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and leave a legacy worthy for others to follow", (Essay must be typed double spaced).
  • Applicant must state which type of scholarship is being applied for; 1) college books, 2) full or partial expenses for civil rights travel on tour or other place of interest.


Civic Center drive has been renamed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

Special thanks to Southfield City Council members and Interim Mayor Fracassi for granting the MLK Task Force's request to rename Civic Center Drive to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.


Meeting Dates:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc. meet at 6:30 PM at the Parks and Recreation building of the Southfield Municipal complex 26000 Evergreen Road Southfield, MI 48076

    The MLK Task force meets the second Thursday of every month. We meet every Thursday of the month of January up to the day of the walk.

  • October 8, 2015

  • November 12, 2015

  • December 10, 2015

  • January 7, 2016

  • January 14, 2016

Peace Walk

  • January 18, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
    Hope Church

Commemorative Program

  • January 18, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
    City of Southfield Pavilion (See Flyer for Updates)

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