Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

January 16, 2014 

Modesto

What: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. COMMEMORATION

When: Feb. 1, 5 p.m.

Where: King-Kennedy Memorial Center, 601 S. Martin Luther King Drive, and Modesto Junior College Performing Arts Center, 435 College Ave.

Info: The 20th annual MLK commemoration will feature keynote speaker Diane Nash, a leader and strategist in the 1960s civil rights movement. In addition, “The Dreams of the ’60s: A Legacy for Today” will celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with inspirational music by the Ware Singers and a short performance from the Sankofa Theatre Company’s production of “Freedom Riders.” The event is free and open to the public. The commemoration begins with reception at 5 p.m. at the King-Kennedy Center, followed by the program presented at MJC.

What: MLK DAY CELEBRATION

When: Monday, 7 p.m.

Where: Assyrian American Association bingo hall, 810 N. Ninth St.

Info: The Assyrian American Association bingo night will kick off with a prayer, the singing of “God Bless America” and a brief speech on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.


Merced

What: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION

When: Monday, 11 a.m.

Where: Amtrak Train Station, 324 W. 24th St.

Info: The 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration will begin with a march along Martin Luther King Jr. Way to the fairgrounds. The march will be followed by a unity celebration featuring songs, choirs and other presentations. Celebration events are free. For more information, call Dwight Amey at (209) 261-4899.

Sonora

What: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

When: Sunday, 2 p.m.

Where: Sonora High School auditorium, 430 N. Washington St.

Info: The Mother Lode Martin Luther King Jr. Committee is presenting its annual birthday celebration to honor and promote the ideas and ideals of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote speaker is Dolores Huerta, co-founder with César Chávez of the United Farm Workers, who will speak on immigration and social justice. The event will include inspirational music and thought-provoking student essays. A reception with Huerta will follow the program in the school cafeteria. The celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, call Pat at (209) 928-3494.

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