News in Brief: Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday

The City of Davis and Davis Humans Relations Commission will host the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Celebration on Monday at 10:30 a.m., following the 9 a.m. presidential inauguration. It is a free event and will be at Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St.

Presentations and music will be featured in remembrance of MLK and his support for civil rights, peace and nonviolence.

Bay Area resident Sujatha Baliga will give a keynote address. She is a senior program specialist for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, working with communities to implement restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies.

After the keynote address, a panel of community members will discuss discrimination issues in Davis. In addition, the Davis Ad Hoc Community Committee will participate in a sketch called “Breaking the Silence Again.” Local musician Dick Holdstock will play peace and freedom songs before leading the audience in a symbolic march.

The celebration will end at around 11:45 a.m. with a “Freedom March” through downtown Davis.

— Claire Tan

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