Kentwood Hosts MLK Unity March

The Town of Kentwood will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with a one-mile unit march.

Residents of all ages are invited to gather at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 15 in front of the Kent District Library – Kentwood Branch (Richard L. Root) at 4950 Breton Avenue SE. for the walk, which will end at Fire Station 1, 4775 Walma Ave. SE.

Members of the public can also attend a free indoor after-walk ceremony that includes a presentation by various members of the community, as well as live music, coffee and cakes.

“We look forward to coming together as a community to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Mayor Stephen Kepley. “We will walk in remembrance of his historic contributions at the helm of the civil rights movement… and in reflection of what we can all do to honor his values ​​today and every day.”

Donations of canned goods and non-perishable items will be accepted at the event for Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry, which began as a Martin Luther King Jr. Day community service project in response to an immediate local need. The town of Kentwood has since continued to organize food drives to keep the pantry well stocked.

“The event also continues our tradition of MLK Day community service of stocking Kentwood’s free little pantry to support our neighbors in need,” Kepley said. “All are invited to join us. “

The free small pantry is located in the Kentwood Activity Center at 355 48th St. SE and is open year-round during regular activity center hours. A second free small pantry was opened last year at the Kent District Library – Kentwood Branch (Richard L. Root) for the community to visit during library hours. All are welcome to use or donate to pantries.

More information, including a list of suggested donations, is available at

More information about the January 15 event is available here.