Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Events 2022 MLK Fresno CA

The 38th annual events to honor and commemorate slain civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. begin Friday in Fresno and take place both online and in person.

Last year’s events were only online due to COVID-19 issues. This year, the commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday will begin with a wreath opening ceremony on Friday and continue with many events throughout the week.


Most MLK Unity Committee events can be accessed through a Zoom link and the same Zoom ID: 870 4811 5825.

People can also access the events through the Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook page and the City of Fresno Facebook page.

Friday January 14

11:45 a.m.. Garland Opening Ceremony at Fresno County Courthouse Park (at the MLK Memorial Bust, on the west side of the park facing Van Ness Avenue). Welcome by City Council President Nelson Esparza, Council Member Miguel Arias. Remarks from Fresno County Schools Superintendent Jim Yovino. Featuring Mayor Jerry Dyer as a special guest speaker.

6 p.m. Awards Ceremony and Community Reception at Fresno City Hall.

Saturday January 15

9am Virtual: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s celebratory program can be viewed on the Clovis Police Department’s Facebook page @ClovisPoliceDepartmentCalifornia.

6 p.m. MLK Candlelight Peace Vigil at Fresno City Hall. Candles will be provided.

Monday January 17

9:15 a.m. MLK Community March from St. John’s Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa Street. Walkers gather at 9:30 a.m. The march starts at 10 a.m., stops at City Hall, then heads to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

11 a.m. Virtual: Commemoration program on the Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook page and the City of Fresno Facebook page.

Other Fresno MLK Events

Thursday, January 13, noon: Virtual: West Fresno Ministerial Alliance Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration presented by the Moving Unity Forward Committee.

Thursday, January 13, 1 p.m.: Virtual: Fresno County Student MLK Speech Contest.

Sunday, January 16, 3 p.m.: MLK Thematic Exploration Program, “Relive the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Experience!” Fresno Martin Luther King Unity Committee Facebook page and City of Fresno Facebook page and Zoom (ID: 870 4811 5825).

Friday, January 21, noon: Dr. King Memorial, Fresno State Peace Garden on Maple Avenue.

Madera MLK Event

Monday, January 17, 10 a.m.: Madera Coalition for Community Justice Celebration of Martin Luther King Day in Madera with community representatives.

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