BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Monday will be the day millions of people around the country will honor and remember civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This coming Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and several events are planned to celebrate MLK in Bakersfield.
The festivities start with the 16th annual Bakersfield Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Community Awards Breakfast. Awards will be given to several local leaders, including Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian and Foothill High basketball coach Wesley Davis III.
The event runs from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on 1000 South Owens St.
Then a free luncheon and community clean-up event is scheduled to happen from noon to 2 p.m. at the same location.
A community march is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., as hundreds will walk south on Owens Street to East Brundage Lane and then make their way to St. John Baptist Church.
A "Keeping the Faith" event is set to take place from 6 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ Christian Ministries at 1416 Wilson Road. Speakers and scripture readings are planned.