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Here’s where to join a Martin Luther King Jr. march in Sacramento

North Sacramento's MLK March stays in the neighborhood

Calling it a march, not a parade, Grant Union High School principal Darris Hinson said the problems facing black American kids and adults today are not a cause for celebration on MLK Day in 2017.
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Calling it a march, not a parade, Grant Union High School principal Darris Hinson said the problems facing black American kids and adults today are not a cause for celebration on MLK Day in 2017.

Thousands of people in Sacramento are expected to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday Monday – the first time MLK Day has fallen on Jan. 15 since 2007. The civil rights leader would be turning 89.

Two marches are planned in the city. The larger march – estimated at 25,000 people last year – will start about 9:30 a.m. at Sacramento City College. It is expected to arrive at 11:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center, which is hosting a diversity expo. Early risers can join the “extra mile,” which departs at 8:30 a.m. from the Oak Park Community Center, 3425 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Buses will be available to return marchers to their starting point. For more information, go to marchforthedream.org or call 916-905-1655.

The smaller north march generally follows last year’s route. A pre-march program begins at 7:45 a.m at Grant High School, 1400 Grand Ave. The procession starts at 9 a.m in Del Paso Heights and loops through North Sacramento before returning to a wellness expo at Grant. Call the Roberts Family Development Center at 916-646-6631 for more information.

Map of the Martin Luther King Jr. marches on Jan. 15, 2018 
Sources: www.mlk365.org, Bee research
The Sacramento Bee

As Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream speech" plays more than 25,000 march in Sacramento's March for the Dream in honor of MLK in less than two minutes.

Nathaniel Levine: 916-321-1026, @NathanielLevine

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