Ceremony in Fresno celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

FRESNO, Calif.

About 50 people attended a MLK celebration at the Hinton Community Center in southeast Fresno Sunday morning.

The ceremony was organized by the Fresno and Clovis school districts as well as Fresno Pacific University and the Fresno County Office of Education.

Keynote speakers included civil rights leader Dr. Charles Steele who said the civil rights movement must be expanded to the global community.

"It never made it to Europe. It never made it to Africa and the rest of the world so what we're doing now because of the love of Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated but I'm still living. I must continue the journey of love," Dr. Steele said.

Other guests during Sunday's program included the chief of Seattle's Criminal Division of the City Attorney's Office.

He said though America has come a long way, there is more work to be done, pointing to the fact one out of nine African American males between the ages of 20 and 34 is in the prison system.

A Fresno parade honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

The parade begins at St. John's Cathedral in Downtown Fresno. It will end at the veterans Memorial Auditorium where a program is scheduled at 10:45 a.m.

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