Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration

Modesto Junior College’s 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration will be presented virtually on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

Judge Ruben Villalobos will return as the host and will help look back on some of the inspirational speakers that Modesto has had the privilege of hosting. Some of them, sadly, are no longer with us. There will be clips of Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., “Good Trouble” Congressman John Lewis and beloved Maya Angelou who spoke to a standing room only audience in the MJC gymnasium in 2001.

There will be the premiere of poetry from two renowned local poets, Gillian Wegener and “The Ninja Poet,” Sam Pierstorff.  There will be graceful dance and inspirational music performed by talented musicians.  
As part of the Commemoration, the MLK Legacy Award will be presented to a recipient for community service and who exemplifies Dr. King’s spirit of “I have a dream.”

Viewers can join the celebration by going online to: or go directly to a link on Modesto Junior College’s home page at for the free presentation.

Recording and editing the presentation is Wes Page, Modesto Junior College retiree.

Earlier in the day, Modesto Junior College Campus Life & Student Learning will celebrate African American history and culture by hosting the African American Education Conference with a virtual Zoom event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The conference is free to all junior high, high school, and college students. Parents are encouraged to attend. Go to to RSVP or call (209) 575-6700 for more information.

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