MLK Events 2013

MLKSince 1984, the greater Fresno community has commemorated the legacy and dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As one of the oldest celebrations west of the Mississippi, the events planned by the MLK Unity Committee help us remember the life of Dr. King today and will inspire future generations for tomorrow.

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Program of Celebration Events

(Please Bring Canned Goods to All Events)

Noon-1:00pm—Opening Garlanding Ceremony @ Fresno County Courthouse Park, 1100 Van Ness Avenue.
The public is encouraged to bring flowers to place at Dr. King’s bust.  For event information, contact Gail Gaston, (559) 681-3140 or Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor, (559) 435-2212 .

5:30pm-7:30pm—2012 MLK Awards Reception & Ceremony @ Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street.
Reception will honor awardees for outstanding service to the community.  For event information contact Gregory Barfield, (559) 621-8000.

9am-11am—Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast @ Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 808 4th Street, Clovis. Keynote Speaker: Lynne Ashbeck, City of Clovis Mayor Pro Tem. Tickets at the door with a canned food item: $5. Tables of Eight: $40. Tables of 8 available with reservation and advance payment.  For reservation and ticket information contact Erin Ford-Horio, (559) 324-2476 or

4pm-6pm—All-Faiths Service & Candlelight Vigil @ New California & Elm Community Gym, 1802 California Avenue. Enjoy various beloved spiritual leaders, musical talent and keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Robert Smith.  For event information, contact Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor, (559) 435-2212, or Rev. Bruce McAlister, (559) 227-9819.

MONDAY, JANUARY 21 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
9am—Assemble for Dr. Martin Luther King March @ St. John’s Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa Avenue.
10am—March begins. March will stop at City Hall for speakers. Afterwards, the march will continue on to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium for the Commemoration Program.
10:45am—Commemoration Program @ Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 2425 Fresno Street.  For event information, contact James Lett, III, (559) 284-6420, or Leonard Addams, (559) 375-6749, or Eric Payne, (559) 486-9470.

Time—Art Exhibit @ Fresno County Office of Education Tower Lobby, 1111 Van Ness Avenue. Student Art and Essay Contests Winners work to be displayed in the lobby February 1-22.  For event information, contact Dr. Lisa Benham, (559) 265-3073, or Shirley Hargis, (559) 265-3060.  Deadline for Speech, Essay and Art Contests submissions is January 17, 2013. For contest rules and informa-tion, contact Linda Sibel, (559) 497-3710, or Hilda Sandoval, (559) 265-3098 ext. 3284.

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