Monday, Jan. 18, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the federal holiday to commemorate the life and ideals of the slain civil rights leader. It is celebrated on the third Monday of the month, which is close to his birthdate of Jan. 15. Here are events scheduled to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the central San Joaquin Valley:
Student art exhibition
Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 453 Hughes Ave., Clovis, 559-265-3060. A reception and program honoring student speech, essay and art winners from Fresno County school districts is planned for 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 11.
Friday, Jan. 15
Opening Garlanding Ceremony
Community reception and awards
Saturday, Jan. 16
Monday, Jan. 18
March and “Mountain of Food” collection
Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno St., Fresno, 559-284-6420, 559-940-2159. The march will begin at 10 a.m. and end at Veterans Memorial Auditorium for a commemoration program. Food donations will be collected at City Hall. 9:15 a.m.
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 2425 Fresno St., Fresno, 559-213-5925. Speakers, dancers and singing in celebration of the community’s diversity and culture. 11 a.m.-noon
March and program
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias, 215 W. Tulare Ave., Visalia, 559-625-4074. The march will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at Garden Street Plaza in downtown Visalia. Presentation by Black Student Union from Redwood High School, performances by club members. 10 am.-noon
March, breakfast, program
Hanford Civic Auditorium, 400 N. Douty St., Hanford, 559-442-0020. NAACP march will begin at 8 a.m. and end at Howard AME Zion Church, 311 S. Douty St. Pastor Fred Willis will give a short history of the historically black church. Return to Civic Auditorium for Lions Club breakfast at 9 a.m., program at 10 a.m. on making the dream a reality. 8 a.m.-noon
Tuesday, Jan. 19
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fresno Field Office, 744 P St. Suite 120, Fresno. Twenty local immigrants will be sworn in as U.S. citizens; USCIS Sacramento District’s General Counsel Joseph Lynch, a native of Alabama, will speak about the impact of the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 10 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 22
Remembering and Renewing King’s Dream for Peace: Black Lives Matter
Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno, 559-453-2000, www.fresno.edu. Fresno Pacific’s sixth annual academic-led celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Iva E. Carruthers, general secretary of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, will speak. 5-9 p.m.
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