Kentwood MLK Unity Walk rescheduled

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Kentwood rescheduled its Unity Walk to honor Martin Luther King Jr. after postponing the January event due to frigid temperatures.

Kentwood’s 2022 MLK Day Unity Walk will take place 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5, and has moved indoors to Woodland Mall, at 3195 28th St. SE.

Residents of all ages are welcome to gather inside the mall’s food court at 9:30 a.m. for the free walk that will end at 10 a.m. in front of Von Maur.

A ceremony immediately will follow and feature a proclamation, live music, coffee and cake.

“While MLK Day serves as a timely, annual reminder of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., every day is a great day to celebrate his legacy and take part in activities that honor his values,” said Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to host our Unity Walk to honor MLK at Woodland Mall. It is the perfect local venue for us to be able to gather together, no matter the weather, and restock Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry to help community members in need.”

Donations of canned goods and other nonperishable food items will be accepted to stock Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry, which began as an MLK Day community service project in 2017.

Woodland Mall Marketing Manager Alyson Presser said the event is in line with the spirit of the mall’s ongoing initiatives and events that encourage guests and support the Black community throughout the year.

“We are committed to celebrating and supporting the Black community beyond Black History Month and other annual observances,” Presser said. “We’re honored to work with the city of Kentwood to bring another meaningful opportunity for the local community to celebrate the historic achievements and continued advancement of Black Americans.”

Woodland Mall requests all guests follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for COVID-19 safety by using the hand sanitizer stations throughout the mall and practicing social distancing.

More information about the MLK Unity Walk is here.

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