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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration — “Changing Times, Changing Systems”

The 26th annual City of Davis Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will take place on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second Street.  The event is free and community members are encouraged to attend. The year’s event will feature presentations and music to help commemorate the life and accomplishments of Dr. King for civil rights, peace and nonviolence.  Mayor Lee states “I look forward to this annual event with our community coming together in the promotion of mutual respect, understanding and tolerance among all people. Please join us.”

Speakers will include Jay King, CEO of the California Black Chamber of Commerce and Doretha Williams-Flourney, CEO of the California Black Health Network. They will speak to this year’s theme of “Changing Times, Changing Systems”. Attendees will also be treated to a reading by City of Davis Poet Laureate, James Lee Jobe, a performance from the children of the Parents of African American Children Davis group, a singing performance by Laura Sandage and entertainment by well-known local musician Dick Holdstock and the Davis Freedom Singers. Former member of the Human Relations Commission, Elizabeth Mosley, will emcee the event. At the conclusion of the program, attendees are invited to participate in a symbolic “Freedom March” through downtown Davis. The program is slated to last one hour and fifteen minutes with the Freedom March following directly after, ending in the E Street Plaza.

The program is presented by the Davis Human Relations Commission and the City of Davis. The program will be recorded by Davis Media Access and will be broadcast live on KDRT 95.7 FM and available for later viewing.

For more information about the event, contact the City Manager’s Office at 530-757-5602.