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By Jack King 

Clovis ready to celebrate civil rights icon


Clovis’ observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday will kick off this evening with the judging of contestants in a speech, essay and poster contest at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy, 206 Alphon St.

The theme of this year’s observance is “A Day On, Not A Day Off! A continuous Strive Toward Unity.”

“We want the day to be a day of service, not just a day off. Our main focus this year is on youth and we will pay particular attention to the need for youths to work within the community and promote Dr. King’s idea of nonviolent change as a means of solving problems and achieving one’s goal in life,” said Joyce Pollard, president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Clovis.

This year’s events will include:

n The speech, essay and poster contest at 6 tonight at the Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy, 206 Alphon St.

n A breakfast at Clovis High School at 9 a.m. Jan. 17; guest speaker David Swann, pastor Faith Christian Family Church; $10 for teenagers and adults, $6 for age 12 and under; deadline for ticket purchase is Jan. 12.

n A Commemorative Walk beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 19 (Martin Luther King Day) beginning at Potter’s Park, followed by a rally at True Victory Church 250 Main St., speaker Benjamin J. Love, elder of the church.


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