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Community event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. held at Flamson Middle School 


Annual event highlighting unity among community members draws hundreds of participants

–The City of Paso Robles held its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, including a community march at noon followed by an event in the Flamson Middle School auditorium from 1 – 3 p.m.

“This free event commemorates the birthday of a great American leader, and his lifelong journey for equality, freedom, peace and a better tomorrow,” said event organizer Sharon Williams of the celebration that has been happening for over 30 years. “King’s work and message inspired a generation and will continue to inspire a nation with celebrations like ours that begin on a community level.”

The march to Flamson Middle School was led by the Paso Robles High School jazz band. The event has not included a march since 2010, and event organizers were excited that it is once again part of the celebration. “Marching throughout our community is a symbol of unity,” commented Martin Luther King committee member Brittney Tarkington. “Actions speak louder than words and this march demonstrates a commitment to continue to fulfill the dreams of Dr. King of peace, equality and justice for everyone.”

The purpose of the Martin Luther King, Jr. committee is to promote remembrance and celebrate the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The committee strives to educate, empower and strengthen the community and create among people of all ages, background and abilities a heartfelt desire to move closer to Dr. King’s vision of a unified community.

Video of the march posted to Facebook by local Bishop Gabriel Abdelaziz:

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