Peace march planned

Former Seahawk to provide keynote address at annual Martin Luther King Jr. event

Local fourth grade teachers plan demonstration

SUNNYSIDE — Locally, a demonstration on the corner of East Lincoln Avenue and South Sixth Street will take place tomorrow.

Fourth grade students from Washington Elementary School will at 10 a.m. stand at the corner displaying signs, asking motorists to honk in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Students from Carla Sarr and Danny Rangel’s classrooms will participate.

Organizers predict more than 800 will participate in Monday’s Martin Luther King Peace March.

That would top the number who marched last year.

The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, local school district and Community Safety Network will host the sixth annual event, celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of unity and community involvement.

Members of the clinic’s Community Health Corps, a program within AmeriCorps, have chaired the planning committee each year.

“This year we have a special treat for event attendees, Fred Anderson will be our keynote speaker,” Event Committee Chairperson Rosa Ortiz said.

Fred Anderson is a former Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburg Steelers football player, and a Toppenish High School graduate.

A Martin Luther King Jr. Day proclamation will be read by Mayor Clara Jimenez and keynote speakers include Anderson and Yakama Nation Tribal Council Chairman JoDe L. Goudy.

Entertainment will be provided by students from the middle and high schools.

The march is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a can of food to donate to the local food bank.

“During this event, we really want to focus on children, youth, and education. MLK believed that an investment in education makes a difference not only in a child’s life, but in the health and well-being of the community as a whole,” Ortiz added.

The march will kick off at 300 W. First Ave. at 10 a.m. in the O’Reilly and Dollar Tree parking lot. It will end at the middle school, which is where the speakers will give their address at 11:15 a.m.


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