Martin Luther King Weekend Events

January 15, 2010 3:27:10 PM PST
Events around the Valley Celebrating Martin Luther King Day. For more information, visit:


Friday, January 15, 2010

Opening Garlanding Ceremony (12:00 -1:00PM)
Location: Fresno County Courthouse Park (at MLK Bust), 1100 Van Ness Ave. Opening Ceremony. Please bring flowers.
Contact: Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor or Gail Gaston (559) 681-3140

Award Reception (6:00-7:30PM / Program begins at 6:30PM)
Location: African American Museum, 1857 Fulton Ave. Reception to honor awardees for outstanding service to the community in five categories: 1) Business 2) Organization 3) Youth 4) Female, and 5) Male.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Community Breakfast (Breakfast served at 9:00AM / Program starts at 9:45AM)
Location: Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 453 Hughes Ave, Clovis (Hughes & Fifth Street). Speaker: Jacqueline O'Neil Kelley, known to many as JackieO; Performers: African-American Dance Troupe from Martin Luther King Elementary School, and other entertainment. Tickets: $5.00 each in advance and canned food donation. Tables of 8 available with reservation.
Contact: Caroline Carlson (559) 324-2416

All Faith Service (4:00-6:00PM)
Location: St. Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 1550 E. Rev. Chester Riggins Ave. (formerly known as Florence Ave.) On the corner of Elm. Enjoy various beloved spiritual leaders, musical talent and keynote speaker Dr. Amos Cleophilus Brown, Sr., Senior Pastor of San Francisco's Third Baptist Church.
Contact: Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor or Rev. Bruce McAlister (559) 227-9819


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Candlelight Vigil (4:30-5:30PM)
Location: The Red Church (First Congregational Church) 2131 N. Van Ness on the corner of Van Ness & Yale streets. Speaker: Sophie DeWitt, Fresno Interfaith Refugee Ministries, musical performances, and candlelight vigil.
Contact: Janet Capella (559) 974-5541


The March & Commemoration Program
Monday, January 18, 2010

March and "Mountain of Food" Collection (9:15-10:45AM)
Location: St. John's Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa Ave. Marchers assemble at 9:15AM. March begins at 10:00AM, ending at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium for Commemoration Program. "Mountain of Food" will be collected at St. John's Cathedral.
Contact: James Lett III (559)

Commemoration Program (10:45-12:00PM)
Location: Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 2425 Fresno St. Commemoration program celebrating community diversity and culture.
Contact: Pastor Leonard Adams (559) 375-6749

Speech Contest held at the Fresno County Office of Education, Room 270 at 1 PM.


Thursday, Feb 11, 2010

Student Art Exhibition/Open House (4:30-6:00 p.m.)
Location: Fresno County Office of Education (FCOE) 1111 Van Ness Ave. Honoring student speech, essay, and art winners from Fresno County School Districts. Art on display January 27-February 22, 2010 at FCOE.
Contact: Shirley Hargis (559)265-3060