Southfield King program to include parade of vehicles

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday will be celebrated in Southfield with a parade of vehicles and virtual commemoration.

The Driving for Justice Peace Parade starts at 9 a.m. Monday at Hope United Methodist Church, north of Detroit.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, both programs will replace the city’s annual peace walk. They are hosted by the city and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force.

Vehicles must pre-register to participate in the program. Participants must wear face masks and stay inside their vehicles at all times, according to organizers.

The virtual commemorative program begins online at 1 p.m. Monday.

Southfield began its Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Walk in 1986, commemorating the first national observance of Dr. King’s birthday.