Here in the valley, members of the community held food drives for farmers in West Fresno County. Nearly 30 doctors, nurses and hospital technicians from Kaiser Permanente also volunteered with habitat humanity instead of taking the day off.
A local hip hop artist entertained a South Valley Boys and Girls Club, in celebration of Doctor King's birthday.
College of the Sequoias Athletic Director Lamel Harris also stopped by to talk to kids about working hard to overcome obstacles, just like Martin Luther King Junior did.
The boys and girls club said it wanted local students to understand Doctor King's message of serving one's community.
"We really want them to feel like they have the ability to change things and they have control of their surroundings. We want them to know that no matter how things can seem that they can still do something," said Jennie Boutista with the Boys and Girls Club.
The students also put on display several pieces of art commemorating Doctor King.