Students schedule march to show #TheRealDearborn

Real Dearborn logoDEARBORN — Students from four Dearborn high schools will conduct a peaceful march along Michigan Avenue on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 18 to demonstrate diversity in the city.

Frustrated with images and reports that often portray a distorted and negative image of the city, students from Dearborn, Edsel Ford, Fordson, and Divine Child high schools met to discuss ways in which they could bring people together to show the diversity and unity of Dearborn, what they are calling the real Dearborn.

The outcome of their meetings: #TheRealDeaborn Peace March celebrating Dearborn’s historic diversity, rich culture and united community.

Community members are invited to gather at the southeast corner of Greenfield Road and Michigan Avenue to take part in the three-quarter-mile march beginning at noon. Those participating will proceed west on Michigan Avenue to the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave.

The group is hoping the approximately one-hour-long event will draw hundreds of community members young and old. The march will conclude with a brief ceremony featuring student comments.

“When the students first mentioned the idea I supported their efforts and thought it would be an excellent way to showcase the community spirit that thrives in Dearborn,” Dearborn Public Schools Supt. Glenn Maleyko said.

The group created Twitter and Instagram accounts promoting the march. People are invited to post photos and comments @RealDearborn.

For more information about how to take part in the march, contact Edsel Ford High School Social Worker Violet Souweidane at souweiv@dearbornschools.org.