38th Annual Commemoration Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
“Honoring the Dream Today with Hope, Compassion, and Unity For All!”
Presented by: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Unity Committee, City of Fresno, CA.
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Friday, January 14, 2022 - Opening Garlanding Ceremony 11:45 A.M. -12:45 P.M.
Location: Fresno County Courthouse Park (at MLK Memorial Bust, on the west side of park facing Van Ness)
1100 Van Ness Avenue Fresno, CA. 93724. Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook Page and City of Fresno Facebook Page and on Zoom (ID: 870 4811 5825) Welcome by City Council President Nelson Esparza, Councilmember Miguel Arias. Remarks by, FCSOS Superintendent Jim Yovino. Featuring Special Guest Speaker: Mayor Jerry Dyer, in honor of Rev. Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Contact: Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor (559) 435-2212 or Gail Gaston (559) 681-3140.
Friday, January 14, 2022- Awards Ceremony & Community Reception 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Location: Fresno City Hall, Council Chambers, 2600 Fresno Street Fresno, CA. 93612. Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook Page and City of Fresno Facebook Page and on Zoom (ID: 870 4811 5825) The Award Recipients for this year are Ellie Bluestein (Posthumous)-Mr. Les Kimber Community Organization Award, Mona Tatum-MLK Community Service Award, Trustee Valerie Davis -MLK Education Award, Mayor Jerry Dyer- MLK Public Service Award. Contact: Summer Gaston-Gehris, Summer.Gaston-Gehris@ fresnounified.org or Dr. Jeff Hunt (559) 246-4432.
Saturday, January 15, 2022- Virtual: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Program: 9:00 A.M.
View on Clovis Police Department's Facebook Page @ClovisPoliceDepartmentCalifornia. Keynote Speaker: Ms. Terri Kimber-Edwards, (Lifelong Educator/Kimber Legacy). Contact: Erin Ford-Horio (559) 342-2476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, January 15, 2022 – M.L.K. Candlelight Peace Vigil 6:00 P.M.
Location: Fresno City Hall Breezeway, 2600 Fresno Street Fresno, CA. 93721 Virtual: Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook Page and City of Fresno Facebook Page and on Zoom (ID: 870 4811 5825) Candles will be provided. Contact: John Sturdivant (559) 974-2503 or Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor (559) 435-2212.
Monday, January 17, 2022 – M.L.K. Community March 9:15 A.M.-10:45 A.M.
Location: St. John Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa Avenue Fresno, CA. 93721. Virtual: Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook Page and City of Fresno Facebook Page and on Zoom (ID: 870 4811 5825) Marchers assemble at 9:30 A.M. March begins at 10:00 A.M., stops at City Hall then proceeds to Veterans Memorial Auditorium (2425 Fresno Street) where program will conclude. Contact: James Lett III (559) 284- 6420, Gail Gaston (559) 681-3140.
Monday, January 17, 2022 - Commemoration Program 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Location: Fresno Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 2425 Fresno Street Fresno, CA. 93721 Virtual: Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook Page and City of Fresno Facebook Page and on Zoom (ID: 870 4811 5825) Join us on our social media platforms and via Zoom. In celebrating the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to community diversity and our enriched culture. Commemoration Program Keynote Speaker- Mr. Tyrone Willims, CEO of Fresno Housing Authority. Community Awards Ceremony Awardees. Contact: Ms. Terri Kimber Edwards (559) 908-0639 or email: Hon. Eric Payne at Eric.email@example.com.
Other VIRTUAL M.L.K. Events happening throughout Fresno you may wish to attend...
Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 1:00 P.M.- Virtual: Fresno County Students M.L.K. Speech Contest.
Fresno County Superintendent of Schools will have an MLK Speech Contest. Contact: Dr. Jeff Hunt (559) 246-4432.
Thursday, January 13, 2022, Noon- 1:00 P.M. -Virtual: West Fresno Ministerial Alliance - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2022. Presented By: Moving Unity Forward Committee-Guest Speaker: Rev. Matthew Aaron Quainoo, Pastor of Solid Rock Community Church of God, in Kissimmee, FL.
Contact: Mrs. Celeste Cooper (559) 237-1444.
Sunday, January 16, 2022, at 3:00 P.M. - Virtual: M.L.K. Thematic Exploratorium Program, “Relive the experience of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church!” Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook Page and City of Fresno Facebook Page and on Zoom ID: (870 4811 5825) Contact: Bishop John A. Sims (559) 512-9836.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 12:00 P.M.- 12:50 P.M. - Dr. King Commemoration for Spring 2022.
Location Fresno State University, Peace Garden 5241 N. Maple Avenue Fresno, CA. 93740.
Contact: Brianna White (559) 278-4435.
Thursday, February 10, 2022, Virtual: Program begins at 6:00 P.M.- Fresno County Superintendent of Schools will have an M.L.K. Speech, Arts, and Essay Awards.
Special Thanks to Our Community Partners:
Mayor Jerry Dyer, City of Fresno
Fresno City Councilmembers
Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
Fresno Unified School District
Clovis Unified School District
Fresno Police Department California
Clovis Police Department California California Highway Patrol
SEIU Local 521
Yoruba Society of Central California
ABC 30 Action News-KFSN TV
The Les Kimber Family
The Ben Tapscott Jr. Family
Central Valley Urban Institute
Fresno City Councilmembers Luis Chavez
And a Special Thanks to Councilmember Miguel Arias, District Three
M.L.K. Unity Committee Officers:
Founding Member & Chair: Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor
Vice-Chair: Gail Gaston
Secretary: Dr. Jeff Hunt
Treasurer: Hon. Eric Payne
M.L.K. Unity Committee Members:
Terri Kimber Edwards
James Lett, III
CHP Sergeant Brian Pennings
Bishop John A. Sims
M.L.K. Unity Committee Information:
Kimberly Tapscott-Munson, Community Engagement Consultant, Third District
Office of Councilmember Miguel Arias, Third District