The City of Fresno has cut all funding for the annual MLK march.

Living the Dream, Let Freedom Ring for LOVE: Let Our Violence End

The 2010–2011 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Unity Committee (MLKUC) is reaching out to find a way to fund another year of celebration and commemoration around King’s birthday, as it is in jeopardy of losing a 27-year legacy of the Dr. King holiday celebration in Fresno.

Due to the City of Fresno’s severe budget cuts, the MLKUC will not receive funds from the city for the 2011 activities.

Each year, Fresno’s MLK holiday celebration has garnered more than 5,000 people collectively from the four days of festivities, where residents from across the Greater Fresno area have come to participate.

Although there will be no funding from the City of Fresno, Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Mark Scott are supporting the committee’s efforts to raise funds.

The MLKUC is currently seeking sponsors to help celebrate Dr. King’s legacy in Fresno. Brian Angus, Fresno’s new Economic Opportunities Commission executive director, has stepped forward to help support the committee by sponsoring the program booklet and the annual event calendar for the celebration.

Business and community supporters can sponsor by buying ad space in the program booklet and supporting the overall event.

This year’s theme, which is Living the Dream, Let Freedom Ring for LOVE: Let Our Violence End, will be featured throughout the festivities starting on Friday, January 14, and extending through Monday, January 17. “Living the Dream, Let Freedom Ring for LOVE: Let Our Violence End.”

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  • Mike Rhodes

    Mike Rhodes is the executive director of theCommunity Alliance newspaper and author of the book Dispatches from the War Zone, about homelessness in Fresno. is his website. Contact him at

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