Events from discussions to dance will be part of the seventh annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration Friday, January 20, at Fresno Pacific University.

“Remembering and Renewing King’s Dream for Peace: Millennials’ Voices and Perspectives” is the title of the celebration, which will take place in the Special Events Center on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. A reception begins at 3:45 p.m., with the main program running from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

The event will be livestreamed and available for viewing afterward at

Among the participants will be many Fresno-area church and community leaders. The celebration will address race relations, racial healing, social justice, non-violence and peacemaking as well as ministry and prophetic witness by pastoral leaders, churches, individual Christians and social justice-oriented academicians and grassroots community organizations.

Highlights include a community panel made up of Marcus Wilson, Black Lives Matter Fresno; Erika Paggett, Mothers of Black Sons Fresno; and Hannah Adair Bonner, a United Methodist minister involved in the Sandra Bland Campaign. There will also be video on Martin Luther King, Jr., performances by the Dancers of Praise and FPU students as well as roundtable discussions.

The celebration is presented by the FPU Provost’s Office. For more information, contact Jon Clark, DSW, FPU assistant professor of social work, at (559) 453-4631 or Erika Paggett, FPU Communications & Marketing Office, at (559) 453-5552.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations