Events to remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday begin with a morning campaign for peace in Toppenish and continue with a virtual celebration in Yakima this afternoon.
Related events include a memorial community worship service at 3 p.m. Sunday on Zoom at https://bit.ly/3JYaGdL. The service was originally scheduled to take place in person in Yakima, but went live Friday as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
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A free food distribution event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Henry Beauchamp Community Center at 1211 S. Seventh St. Friday is the last day of the 19th Annual Lee Paggett Food Drive at Eisenhower and Davis High Schools in Yakima .
On Monday, the MLK Peace Drive in Toppenish begins at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and kickoff at Toppenish Middle School, 104 Goldendale Ave. Attendees are asked to stay in their vehicle and maintain a safe distance from others due to the rise of the omicron variant of COVID-19.
Enedeo Garza of Iglesia de Valle will make opening statements and begin the ride, which starts at 10 a.m. The course will loop around Toppenish Middle School.
This is the 12th annual event and is a collaborative effort of the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Toppenish School District, Town of Toppenish, Toppenish Community Safety Network, Fiesta Foods and Starbucks, according to a statement. Press.
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Attendees are encouraged to have signs in their cars with their favorite MLK quotes, said Rosa Ortiz, outreach coordinator for the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.
In Yakima, the annual peace march has been canceled, but there will be a virtual program streamed via Zoom (https://bit.ly/3JYaGdL) starting at 1 p.m. Monday.
Adrianne Garner, director of the Henry Beauchamp Community Center, said members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service planning committee have changed this year’s celebration due to several factors, primarily the unexpected increase in the spread of COVID-19, according to a new Liberation.
There are no events scheduled for Monday at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. On Tuesday, the university’s Center for Diversity and Equity will present a virtual event, “MLK Real Talk,” from 4-5 p.m. on Zoom. It is open to the public and the link is https://cwu.zoom.us/j/82405359696.
The university will also host a number of Black History Month events, officials said.
— This story has been updated.