Valley residents celebrate Dr. MLK Jr.'s birthday

FRESNO, Calif.

The African American Women's Alliance in Tulare organized the march in the City Of Tulare.

Holding American flags and posters with Martin Luther King Junior's picture, more than 100 people took part in a two-mile march which began at the Claude Meitzenheimer Community Center.

Organizers hope the annual march becomes a tradition that will be passed on from generation to generation.

Gwenette Aytman said, "We want to keep the dream alive and today I'm extremely proud because I have my great niece who's three years old and to have my niece out here means the world to me. We want to keep it going. We don't want to forget the dream."

After the one-hour march, people gathered at the community center for lunch and to hear speeches about Martin Luther King Junior.

Students at one Fresno middle school are honoring Martin Luther King by bringing people together to donate the gift of life.

Instead of taking the day off for the holiday, several Wawona Middle School students were back on campus.

They organized a blood drive as well as a canned-food drive as part of national day of service, an event which commemorates Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.

Activities included hosting a blood donation drive, collecting canned food, campus beautification projects and donating blankets to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

7th grader Alexis Hernandez said, "He always believed in service for everybody and for the community so we thought well, let's do something for our school and for other people so we decided to do a bunch of different things."

The event is Wawona's seventh year serving the community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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