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Fresno: 38th Annual Commemoration Rev. Dr. Martin LutherKing, Jr. Celebration begins Jan. 14

This years theme is, “Honoring the Dream Today with Hope, Compassion,

and Unity For All!”

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Committee, City of Fresno, CA has a host of public celebratory, upcoming events starting Friday, Jan. 14.


Here is a list of those events:


Friday, January 14, 2022 - Opening Garlanding Ceremony 11:45 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.

Location: Fresno County Courthouse Park (at MLK Memorial Bust, on the west side of park facing Van Ness) 1100 Van Ness Avenue Fresno, CA. 93724. Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook Page and City of Fresno Facebook Page and on Zoom (ID: 870 4811 5825) Welcome byCity Council President Nelson Esparza, Councilmember

Miguel Arias.Remarks by, FCSOS Superintendent Jim Yovino. Featuring Special Guest Speaker: Mayor Jerry Dyer, in honor of Rev. Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Contact: Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor (559) 435-2212 or Gail Gaston (559) 681-3140.


Friday, January 14, 2022 - Awards Ceremony & Community Reception 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M

Location: Fresno City Hall, Council Chambers, 2600 Fresno Street Fresno, CA. 93612. Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook Page and City of Fresno Facebook Page and on Zoom (ID: 870 4811 5825) The Award Recipients for this year are Ellie Bluestein (Posthumous)-Mr. Les Kimber Community Organization Award, Mona Tatum-MLK

Community Service Award, Trustee Valerie Davis -MLK Education Award, Mayor Jerry Dyer- MLK Public Service Award.

Contact: Summer Gaston-Gehris, Summer.Gaston-Gehris@ fresnounified.org or Dr. Jeff Hunt (559) 246-4432.


Saturday, January 15, 2022 - Virtual: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Program 9:00 A.M.

View on Clovis Police Department's Facebook Page @ClovisPoliceDepartmentCalifornia. Keynote Speaker: Ms. Terri Kimber-Edwards, (Lifelong Educator/Kimber Legacy). Contact: Erin Ford-Horio (559) 324-2476 or erinf@cityofclovis.com.


Saturday, January 15, 2022 – M.L.K. Candlelight Peace Vigil 6:00 P.M.

Location: Fresno City Hall Breezeway, 2600 Fresno Street Fresno, CA. 93721 Virtual: Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook Page and City of Fresno Facebook Page and on Zoom (ID: 870 4811 5825) Candles will be provided. Contact: John Sturdivant (559) 974-2503 orDr. Sudarshan Kapoor (559) 435-2212.


Monday, January 17, 2022 – M.L.K. Community March 9:15 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.

Location: St. John Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa Avenue Fresno, CA. 93721. Virtual: Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook Page and City of Fresno Facebook Page and on Zoom (ID: 870 4811 5825) Marchers assemble at 9:30 A.M. March begins at 10:00 A.M., stops at City Hall then proceeds to Veterans Memorial Auditorium (2425 Fresno Street)

where the program will conclude. Contact: James Lett III (559) 284- 6420, Gail Gaston (559) 681-3140.


Monday, January 17, 2022 - Virtual Commemoration Program 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Virtual: Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook Page and City of Fresno Facebook Page and on Zoom (ID: 870 4811 5825) Join us on our social media platforms and via Zoom to celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to community diversity and our enriched culture. Commemoration Program Keynote Speaker -Mr. Tyrone Willimas, CEO of Fresno Housing Authority. Contact: Ms. Terri Kimber Edwards (559) 908-0639 or email: Hon. Eric Payne at Eric.paynecmc@gmail.com.


Other M.L.K. Events happening throughout the Central Valley you may wish to attend...


Tuesday, January 13, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. - Virtual: Fresno County Students M.L.K. Speech Contest.

Fresno County Superintendent of Schools will have an MLK Speech Contest. Contact: Dr.Jeff Hunt (559) 246-4432. Thursday, January 13, 2022, 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. - Virtual: West Fresno Ministerial Alliance - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2022. Presented By: Moving Unity Forward Committee - Guest Speaker: Rev. Matthew Aaron

Quainoo, Pastor of Solid Rock Community Church of God in Kissimmee, FL.

Contact: Mrs. Celeste Cooper (559) 237-1444.


Sunday, January 16, 2022, at 3:00 P.M. - Virtual: M.L.K. Thematic Exploratorium Program, “Relive the Experience of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church!”

Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook Page and City of Fresno Facebook Page and on Zoom ID: (870 4811 5825) Contact: Bishop John A. Sims (559) 512-9836.


Monday, January 17, 2022 at 1:30 PM - A Virtual Local Historical Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Review

The African-American Historical and Cultural Museum of the San Joaquin Valley will be hosting an online virtual representation with a local slant about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Monday, January 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM - 25th Annual MLK Peace March at the Merced Fairgrounds

The UC Merced Community Engagement Center is participating in this year's MLK Jr. Celebration along with the Merced MLK Committee, the City of Merced and Merced County. Peace March starting at Merced Fairgrounds.

Contact: The Community Engagement Center - 209-228-4201


Friday, January 21, 2022, 12:00 P.M. - 12:50 P.M. - Dr. King Commemoration for Spring 2022.

Location Fresno State University, Peace Garden 5241 N. Maple Avenue Fresno, CA. 93740.

Contact: Brianna White (559) 278-4435.


Thursday, February 10, 2022, 6:00 P.M. Virtual: Program - Fresno County Superintendent of Schools will have an M.L.K. Speech, Arts, and Essay Awards.


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