McGruff the Crime Dog will lead the first community wide march against crime and violence during the 28th annual KingFest Martin Luther King Jr. Marade.

McGruff the Crime Dog will lead the first community wide march against crime and violence during the 28th annual KingFest Martin Luther King Jr. Marade.

The combined march and parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 16. The theme is “Nonviolence is a Way of Life for Courageous People.”

Participants are asked to develop and display nonviolence messages on floats, cars, banners, and signs. An award will be given for the best nonviolence slogan or message.

Churches, social and civic organizations, schools, businesses, elected officials, and candidates seeking public office are invited to join the march against crime and violence on the King Holiday.

ICVR KingFest honors the legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. through community service and interracial cooperation, a spokesman said.

Applications may be filled out at the ICVR Weed and Seed office, 2315 S. Olive St., or faxed upon request by calling 536-7274 or email at pbicvr@aol.com.