Kingly march — What’s being dubbed a “Freedom March” in “the honor and spirit” of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Monday, Jan. 17. Organizers say this is the first Detroit march held to pay tribute to the slain civil rights leader. The event starts at noon at the Central United Methodist Church on the corner of Woodward Avenue and Adams Street (just one block away from Comerica Park). Things will kick off with an indoor rally, and refreshments will be provided. The march, organized by the Detroit MLK Committee, starts at 1 p.m. The procession will move along Woodward Avenue. Organizers ask that we all recall these words of King’s: “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.” Further details are available at or, or you can call 313-680-5508 for more information.

They’re listening— Are you an Oakland County resident who has something to say about our area’s transportation system? Here’s an excellent opportunity to get those views heard. The Michigan Department of Transportation will hold a “listening session” at 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Oakland Transportation Service Center, Ste. 300, 2300 Dixie Hwy., Waterford. The primary topic of discussion is MDOT’s draft of a new 5-year transportation plan, but comments and questions regarding all transportation-related issues and local projects are welcome. For more information call 517-335-3084.

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