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 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.                  “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to

January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968            have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”


     2018 Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration                                                         

           Living the Dream for All, Every Day in Every Way


                                                 Presented by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Committee of Fresno 

Friday, January 12, 2018 – Opening Garlanding Ceremony (11:45AM -12:45 PM)         

Location:  Fresno County Courthouse Park (at MLK Bust on west side of park facing Van Ness), 1100 Van Ness Avenue Featuring Special Guest Speaker, Superintendent FUSD Bob Nelson along with FUSD students performing dance and song in honor of MLK.

              Contact:  Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor (559) 801-8189 or Gail Gaston (559) 681-3140


Friday, January 12, 2018 – Awards Ceremony & Community Reception (5:30-6:30pm)

Location:  Fresno City Hall, Council Chambers, 2600 Fresno Street. Award Recipients: Cal Johnson, Miguel Arias and Fresno Center for Non Violence , for outstanding service to the community.

               Contact:  Eric Payne (559) 242-0641 or Summer Gaston-Gehris (559) 301-5466


Friday, January 12, 2018 Candle Light Vigil following the Awards Ceremony (6:30pm-7:30pm)

Location: Fresno City Hall, 2nd floor steps and lobby, 2600 Fresno Street.

Contact:  Gail Gaston (559) 681-3140 Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor (559) 801-8189


Saturday, January 13, 2018 – Community Breakfast (Breakfast served at 9:00 AM / Program starts at 9:45 AM)

Location:  Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 808 4th Street, Clovis, CA.  Speaker: Clovis City Council Member Vong Mouanoutoua, along with special singing from local community choirs.

                  Tickets:  $5.00 each in advance and canned food donation. Tables of 8 available at $40.00 with advanced reservation.

                  Contact:  Erin Ford-Horio, (559) 324-2476 or


Monday, January 15, 2018 – March (9:15-10:45 AM)

Location:  Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno   Marchers assemble at 9:30 AM.  March begins at 10:15AM, ending at the Fresno

Convention Center 848 M Street for Commemoration Program.  

   Contact: James Lett III (559) 284-6420 & Enrique Reade (559) 940-2159 or Gail Gaston (559) 681-3140


Monday, January 15, 2018 – Commemoration Program (11:00-12:00 PM)

Location: Fresno Convention Center 848 M Street, Fresno.  Master of Ceremonies is ABC30 and will host special guest speakers, cultural

dancers and singing to celebrate of our communities’ diversity and culture in commemoration to the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther

King Jr. Contact: Raymond Eddy (559) 621-1520


Special Thanks To Our Community Partners:                      

City of Fresno
Clovis Police Department
Fresno County Office of Education
ABC 30 Action News-KFSN TV
Allied Waste
Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission
Fresno Housing Authority
Fresno Madera Kings Tulare Central Labor Council                                  MLK Unity Committee Information:   
SEIU Local 521                                                                                 
California Highway Patrol-Central Division                                                (559) 621-1520
California YMCA Youth & Government                                                     Facebook/ Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee


Other MLK Events happening throughout Fresno you may wish to consider…

The West Fresno Ministerial Alliance Prayer Breakfast Thursday January 11, 20186:30 – 9:00 AM  The 2017 West Fresno Ministerial Alliance Prayer Breakfast will be held at Westside Church of God, 1424 West California Avenue, Fresno 93706. Tickets are $25.00 each or a table of 8 for $180.00 and must be purchased in advance

Contact:  Audrey Redmond (559) 213-5925

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thematic Exploration Program will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 

3:00 PM at the Corinth Baptist Church, 2377 S. Ivy Ave, Fresno 93706. This Free event will focus on the life and times of the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, his life as a Pastor and a man of Christ, his service to all people and will include words of encouragement from community leaders of how Kings life and ministry has inspired them, with invited guest

Contact:  Bishop John Sims (559) 512-9836 

Thursday, January 18, 2018 noon-1:00 PM Fresno State Peace Garden-African American Programs and Services Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. Contact Cross Cultural and Gender Center (559) 278-4435.

Fresno County office of Education will have MLK Artwork exhibited from February 6-February 13, at Clovis Veterans Memorial District. Winning Artist, Essays & Speeches will delivered at the MLK Art Exhibition & Reception February 13, 6:00 pm at Clovis Veterans Memorial District.