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MLK Day march returns Jan. 14

Posted: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017

PASO ROBLES — The struggle for justice and human dignity is universal. The oppression of equal opportunities does not discriminate, neither demographically nor geographically.

Even today, people from countries all across the world are still fighting for civil rights. Men and women alike are continuously working toward the often seemingly impossible goals of racial harmony and unification.

Here on the Central Coast, natives hope to embrace this spirit and nonviolent philosophy by celebrating its founder, Martin Luther King Jr.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, local Paso Robles residents will have the opportunity to embody the pursuit to end racial segregation and racism in their own backyard by joining in on the Martin Luther King Jr. March to Unity.

Led by the Paso Robles High School jazz band and committee member Pastor Gary Jordan of Second Baptist Church, the march will start near 21st and Gregory streets and will end at Flamson Middle School.

“Once at Flamson, a community celebration happens in the auditorium,” said event co-chair Sharon Williams. “The event will feature an address by Pastor Donald Wesson of New Hope Church, as well as musical performances by the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation and artwork created by local elementary school students following the theme ‘Unity Matters We Cannot Walk Alone.’”

A celebration, commemoration and honoring of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., this event will be an uplifting community experience. According to Williams, it is a symbol of such unity within the Paso Robles community to see the diverse group of people who attend and support this annual event marching together.

The community is invited to attend this free event from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Flamson Middle School Auditorium, 2405 Spring St., in Paso Robles.

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