BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan— On January 16, 2017, The Roeper School, a school for gifted children, will honor and celebrate the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., in its annual event. Throughout Roeper’s 75-year history, the beliefs Dr. King embodied- equality, social justice, respect, responsibility, self-control and peaceful conflict resolution- have resonated in the philosophy of the school, its classrooms and its hallways. The local community will gather to hear inspirational words, share a meal, enjoy entertainment and listen to personal reflections on how MLK has impacted lives. The event is open to the public and takes place in the Community Center Building, 41190 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills.
4:00 PM Film & Discussion – Screening and discussion of Turning the Corner by David Van Hooser. The film takes place on a hot day in 1964 when two very different women sitting at opposite ends of a lunch counter are drawn together by a mutual need. Not recommended for young children due to sensitive material and language.
5:00 PM Offering & Ceremony – An offering of soup and bread is served followed by the ceremony 6:00 pm. Alumnus Curtis Scott ’71 who delivered remarks at the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Domes in 1970 will speak. The Domes can be seen from Woodward Ave and house early elementary school classes.
7:00 PM Candlelight Walk – The traditional Candlelight Walk will proceed from the Community Center to the Domes. Attendees of all ages will gather in the Big Dome to share thoughts about MLK, his impact on their life, on the world today, and the work that still needs to be done.
The tradition of the Roeper Candlelight Walk in Dr. King’s memory began in the early 80’s, initiated and led by Roeper high school students with about 25 people in attendance. It has since grown to over 400 people having become one of the favorite events of the year. All attendees are encouraged to bring canned and boxed food items to donate to Roeper’s community food bank project with Gleaners led by Stage III and IV students (Grades 2–5).
Overflow parking and shuttle service is available from 4:30-8:30 pm at the Kingsley Inn, 39475 Woodward Avenue.
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For further information, please contact:
Kari Papadopoulos, Director of Communications & Marketing
The Roeper School
41190 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills MI 48304