Martin Luther Kig, Jr. Celebration is Sunday in Chico

Jan 15, 2016 10:09 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

Chico will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 17th with a rally and march Downtown, followed by a program at the Trinity United Methodist Church.

The rally begins at 3 p.m. at the Chico Downtown Plaza, followed by a march through the Downtown area, ending at the Church, located at 285 E. 5th Street.

At 4 p.m. the program starts ... featuring music, speakers and a community dinner. The event is free, and open to the public.

Keynote speakers include Bill Such, the former director of the Jesus Center, and Sheik Abdul Haq, Imam of the Chico Islamic Center. They will speak about building Dr. King's beloved community, inclusive of all.

Organizers say in a time of divisive rhetoric, rather than frighten neighbors and divide the community ... this event will call together two communities that are currently being "scapegoated": Muslims and the Homeless.

The program also includes poetry readings and uplifting music featuring a number of groups and community members.

Sponsoring Organizations include: MLK Unity Group, Trinity United Methodist Church, Second Baptist Church, Rhema Word of FAITH, Chico Peace & Justice Center and the CSUC Cross Cultural Leadership Center.

Bacio Catering, Upper Crust Bakery, Guzzetti's Indian Food, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Momoma's, Mim's Bakery, Costco and others are contributing to the community dinner.

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