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Public invited to Sunday Martin Luther King Jr. Day interfaith commemoration

The public is invited to “Living into the Beloved Community, a Time of Remembrance and In Gratitude for the Life and Vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Littlefield Presbyterian Church, 7560 Littlefield Blvd. in Dearborn.

The Dearborn Area Interfaith Network is commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with this interfaith and civic gathering. The service will present “inspiring words” from the three Abrahamic traditions, said Rev. Fran Hayes of Littlefield, which will include five quotations from Dr. King himself.

Among the speakers will be Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly Jr., Dearborn Heights Mayor Daniel S. Paletko and State Rep. Rashida H. Tlaib (D-6th District). The service will also feature music by Henry Ford Community College Concert Choir, as well as a joint choir from churches in Dearborn and neighboring cities.

Other singers will include Roy Whitaker, who will sing the standard written in the 1960s, “A Change is Going to Come.” The closing number for the service will be “We Shall Overcome,” and Hayes said that in all the commemorations of Dr. King which have taken place since the 1960s, “I've never been to one where it wasn't sung.”

The ceremony will be followed by a time of fellowship and celebration. The network invites people to bring a food item from their ethnic tradition to share--“or not.

“We would not want anybody to stay away because they don't bring anything,” Hayes said. She added that she knew of those who will be bringing Polish cuisine, as well as several area bakeries and restaurants which will be bringing Middle Eastern food.

“We hope that over food, there will come new friendships,” Haynes said.

For more information on the Dearborn Area Interfaith Network-sponsored event, contact Littlefield at (313) 617-3397 or at

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