MLK Jr. event is Jan. 19 at Flamson Middle School

PASO ROBLES — The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is being held on Saturday, Jan. 19.

City of Paso Robles Recreation Services is hosting the free event from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Flamson Middle School Auditorium, 2405 Spring St., Paso Robles. It commemorates the American leader and his lifelong journey toward equality and peace.

The event begins with a march reminiscent of the marches led by Dr. King in Washington D.C. and Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement. The march is designed to both open the event and bring together community members, inspiring them to remember how we are all created equal. Those wanting to participate in the march should gather at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of 21st Street and Riverside Avenue, near the Paso Robles Event Center. The march will begin at noon, and participants will march to Flamson Middle School where the celebration will take place. Refreshments will be provided to march participants.

The theme for the 2019 MLK Jr. Celebration is “I Am…Because of His Legacy.” Event organizers ask community members to think about what they have become — more aware, more resilient, more tolerant — thanks to Dr. King’s message.

“The Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is the one community event that truly brings together all ages and cultures in the local area to increase knowledge of our history and concerns about social justice. The celebration bonds the community and encourages all people to promote Dr. King’s legacy of equality,” stated Lovella Walker, 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee Chair.

Following the march, there will be music and dance performances, school-sponsored art and essay contests, and more inside of the Flamson Auditorium. Organizers are excited to include a presentation by the Black Queens, a group of local women who portray famous women from the Civil Rights Movement including Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Merle Evers, Mamie Till, and Betty Shabaz.

Dr. Joye M. Carter is returning as this year’s keynote speaker. Carter made history when she became the first graduate of Howard University to achieve board certification in Forensic Pathology and later became the first African-American to be appointed Chief Medical Examiner in the United States in 1992. She is also the author of several books.

“Dr. Carter is a terrific inspirational speaker,” remarked Karen Christiansen, Martin Luther King Celebration Committee Member. ”When she spoke last year, the audience was spellbound by her story. I anticipate this year’s presentation will be awe-inspiring as well.”

The purpose of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is to promote remembrance and celebrate the life and message of Dr. King Jr.

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