Many people spent Monday around the central San Joaquin Valley honoring the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the annual holiday.
Events included the downtown Fresno march and commemoration program at Veterans Memorial Auditorium; a food distribution to needy military families and veterans, run all morning by Kaiser Permanente-Fresno staff members in the Manchester Center parking lot; and groups of Fresno Unified students doing improvement projects around their schools.
There were also marches in Tulare and Merced to honor King.
King was born Jan. 15, 1929, and he wouldve been 85 years old. The federal holiday is the third Monday in January and has been celebrated since 1986.
About 50 years ago today, King had just appeared on the cover of Time magazine as its Man of the Year, and the nation was on the cusp of passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
He was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tenn.
Other events of note today:
Yosemite National Park: Free admission day. (209) 372-0200 (then dial 3, then 5).
Tulare breakfast and march: 10 a.m. breakfast, Claude Meitzheimer Community Center, 830 S. Blackstone Ave. in Tulare. March begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served after the march followed by a program. 687-9480.
The following places will close or not operate today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
- Public schools
- Colleges and universities
- Cities of Fresno, Clovis, Tulare, Visalia, Hanford and Madera
- County, state and federal offices
- Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Madera county libraries
- Tulare city library
- Post offices and mail delivery
- Hanford waste collection
- City of Porterville
- Porterville library
- Fresno, Clovis, Visalia, Madera and Tulare waste collections
- Fresno Area Express (weekend service)
- Clovis Transit (limited service)
- Porterville Colt (Saturday schedule)
- Kings Area Rural Transit (Saturday service hours)
- Visalia City Coach
- Tulare City Transit
- Madera Dial-A-Ride