Son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visits the Valley

FRESNO, Calif.

He planned to touch on many of the ideals his father championed during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950's and 60's.

Things like equality and personal responsibility. More than 600 people will hear him speak at this sold out fundraising event.

A small group of people welcomed Martin Luther King III to Fresno's Yosemite International Airport Saturday.

Some took photos with King -- other's shared old photos they took with his father. Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor met the late doctor king back in 1959.

"It brings back lots of memories actually. With him and with the family. Especially Dr. King because Dr. King is my hero."

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became a civil rights icon in the 1950's and 60's. In 1968 he was assassinated outside his motel room in Memphis Tennessee.

Now his oldest child hopes to continue his father's legacy by spreading the word about equality and peace to people in Clovis.

"The message will center around personal responsibility. This is a fundraising event for the school. But the reality is everyone in our society can do something to make the world a better place," Martin Luther King III said.

Dozens of Buchanan High School faculty and student volunteers spent the day putting the finishing touches on this marquee event.

Sophomore Kayland Harrison is excited about Saturday night's guest speaker. "I think this is very, it feels kind of like once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I mean it's the son of Martin Luther King Jr."

This isn't the first time Martin Luther King III has spoken in the Central Valley but it is his first time he's been in Clovis.

Again this fundraising event is sold out with more than 600 people paying $40 a ticket to be here.

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