Once again, our high school students are putting on the MLK RealDearborn March. Student organizers took time out of their vacation in order to plan this year’s march. The event will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 (MLK Day) at the Dearborn Performing Arts Center. The march is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM and end with brief presentations by students and the mayor.
I would like encourage teachers to offer extra credit to students who participate in the march. Students can take selfies at the march in order to prove attendance or they can sign in with Violet Souweidane at the march. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn about civic engagement and civil rights history. Also, the mayor’s office will once again put together a video of the march. Other schools in the Edsel Ford Feeder Track will also be participating.

Here is the information regarding the RealDearborn march:​

DATE of planned event: Monday, January 15, 2018
Number of attendees:  Hoping to have 400-500 participants. Event is being planned by students at Edsel Ford HS, Fordson HS, and Dearborn HS. The middle schools are also invited to participate. Smith and Stout have confirmed their commitment to participate in the march. The students are hoping to have Dearborn organizations such as places of worship, Kiwanis, rotary club, league of women’s voters, and veteran’s organizations attend.
Event START time: 1:00 PM
Event START location: Parking lot of the Performing Arts Center.
Event march route: Parking lot of the Performing Arts Center, group will march from center to Michigan avenue, walk west to the Library. Turn around at the Library and return to the Performing Arts Center via the back parking lots. Open mic session starts after the march.
Event END time:  2:30 PM
Event DURATION: 1 1/2 hours
Anticipated role of Mayor O’Reilly:

5-7 minute presentation that answers the following question:

How has diversity benefited Dearborn?