The longtime Las Vegas resident said she has watched the celebration evolve over the past three decades from a small parade into a week of public service and education in King's honor.
He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. "I've grown up seeing all the history on his work and the wonderful things that Dr. King did". This was a chance to talk about the civil rights leader and USA history, so I asked friends on Facebook for books or other resources.
Local NAACP officials said they support canceling the parade because Abbott's participation would have forced them to protest an event meant to honor King.
"I was deeply aware of segregation - I grew up in South Carolina", Ingalls told the audience.
Ingalls watched televised coverage of the Washington event, admittedly because folk music performers she wanted to see were there, including Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary. A reading of King's "I Have a Dream" speech is set for 11:30 a.m.at the Water Stage, followed by a performance of the Oklahoma Collegiate Gospel Choir. "I was surprised to find my face awash with tears when it was done". "But the key is to fight back with love and in a way that comes from love".More news: Alastair Campbell: I Hate The Term Second Referendum
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With immigration policy at the forefront of the political conversation both locally and nationally over the past year, the committee also made reaching out to the local Latino community a priority.
"We're seeing trails bring families together, improve city health, and spur economic development".
Woodland city staff report the event will also take a look at the historical civil rights movement, which will include living history speakers and educational displays.
Events are scheduled throughout Yolo County to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King.
Shepaille Dobson lights a candle in memory of Dr. King, with Roxanne Beamer, who sang during Satuday night's program, pictured in the background.