TASK FORCE NEWS

monday, June 5th, 2017 

Southfield Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force announces ‘Freedom Ride’ fundraiser, article by Michael Manion, City of Southfield

AT&T kicks off campaign with $10,000 donation

(SOUTHFIELD, Mich.) – The Southfield Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc. will sponsor the ‘Freedom Ride’ for middle and high school students through historical civil rights sites in Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama Georgia and Washington, D.C. this summer. 

The Task Force has launched a fundraising campaign that will allow approximately 40 students from various ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds and schools throughout metro Detroit to participate at no cost. AT&T has kicked-off funding with a $10,000 donation in addition to $2,500 from Southfield Public Schools; however, additional corporate, organizational and individual support is still needed. Checks may be made payable to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc. and sent to P.O. Box 3189, Southfield, MI 48037. All donations are tax deductible and will be used to support the Freedom Ride program. Any additional proceeds will go to the operational budget of the Task Force which is a recognized 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. 

Southfield was the first city in the state of Michigan to hold a Dr. King peace walk or march. The first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk took place on January 20, 1986, commemorating the first national observance of Dr. King’s birthday. The walk continues to grow in size and scope each year, with year-long educational and community outreach activities.

For more information, call the MLK Task Force hotline at (248) 924-9MLK or visit www.mlktaskforcemi.org.

monday, April 17th, 2017 

Congratulations to Task Force First VP, Robin Dillard-Russaw, Esq., on her new position. In addition to her Magistrate responsibilities she was recently appointed as the Deputy Court Administrator for the 46th District Court. 

thursday, April 13th, 2017 

Congratulations to the elected executive Officers & Advisory Board of Directors that were voted in on April 13th, 2017. Each elected position will serve a 2-year term starting July 1st, 2017.

Corresponding Secretary: Euni Rose

Recording Secretary: Sharon Kelly-Person

Treasurer: Barbara P. Seldon

Financial Manager: Dan Brightwell

 

President: Patricia Haynie 

First Vice-President: Dedra Hobbs

Second Vice-President: Tracey Payne-Tellis

Advisory Board of Directors: TBA

 

Monday, january 16th, 2017 

Rev. Joan C. Ross receives the 2017 Dr. King Community Service Award. 

For the past ten years, Reverend Joan C. Ross has work in the North End Community of Detroit “serving the underserved” of her community by providing not only spiritual guidance, by establishing a strategy for regaining equity and building a local economy with the challenge of creating a sustainable community; sustainable- culturally, economically and environmentally.  She has developed community-scale renewable energy projects utilizing both on and off-grid models and has successfully trained community residents in the areas critical to the current and future needs of her community.

In 2013, Rev Joan, was granted a Federal Communications Commission license to construction a Low Power Radio Stations. The North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC) was the only group licensed in Detroit.  Additionally, because of its signal, the license was also approved by the FCC’s Canadian counterpart. The station, WNUC 96.7 fm, will launch this spring with a terrestrial reach of approximately 300,000 listeners.  It mission is “to be a voice for the deliberately silenced and the preferably unheard.”

Her work in community sustainability has been recognized by national as well as local organizations such as: US Green Building Council’s May/June 2014 Magazine, and Hour Magazine Detroit July 2016.  She is the recipient of the 2014 Sustainable Champion Award, the Spirit of Detroit Award, and the 2017 MLK Award from the Southfield MLK Taskforce.


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Monday, january 16th, 2017 

The Task Force celebrates MLK Day with the City of Southfield as hundreds showed up to show their appreciation for Martin Luther King Jr. 

Tuesday, january 10th, 2017 

MLK Task Force President, Patricia Haynie, celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy with TACOM. See full story here.

"Patricia Haynie addresses TACOM Life Cycle Management Command employees Jan. 10, 2017, at the Detroit Arsenal in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Haynie is the president of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force in Southfield, Mich." - Photo & Article Credit: Cathy Segal, TACOM

"Patricia Haynie addresses TACOM Life Cycle Management Command employees Jan. 10, 2017, at the Detroit Arsenal in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Haynie is the president of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force in Southfield, Mich." - Photo & Article Credit: Cathy Segal, TACOM

TUESDAY, December 6th, 2016

Task Force members Pat Haynie, Roger Goolsby & Barbara Seldon were honored by the City of Southfield Mayor, Kenson Siver, for their outstanding community service. They were given the Extra Mile Award for going above and beyond. 

 

Wednesday, NOVEMBER 23rd, 2016

The MLK Task Force has official released this year's theme of "From Generation to Generation: Achieving Peace Through Understanding".

MONDAY, AUGUST 29TH, 2016

Congratulations to Task Force member, Monique Merritt, who will be receiving a Juris Doctorate from the Thomas Cooley Law School. She will be graduating with honors on September 25th, 2016. 

sunday, july 24th, 2016

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc., in conjunction with the city of Southfield, held a candlelight vigil in remembrance of police officers and those who have been slain by senseless gun violence on Sunday, July 24 from 9-10 p.m. on the front lawn City Hall.   

The event served as a tribute to the Southfield Police Department for the outstanding job they do every day in keeping Southfield safe and secure. Several speakers will address the audience followed by the candlelight vigil.   

Southfield was the first city in the state of Michigan to hold a Dr. King peace walk or march. The first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk took place on January 20, 1986, commemorating the first national observance of Dr. King’s birthday. The walk continues to grow in size and scope each year, with year-long educational and community outreach activities. - See Video Here - City Of Southfield (Article), Southfield Multimedia Services (Pic & Video) 

Monday, July 18th, 2016

MLK Task Force President, Patricia Haynie, proposes the Candle Light Vigil event to be held on Sunday, July 24th, 2016 from 9pm - 10pm. Click on the video above to see how the Southfield City Council reacted to the proposal. - Southfield Multimedia Services (Video)