Numerous festivities are planned today to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Marches and rallies will be held in many cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Also, most government offices and schools are closed. Local celebrations commemorated the birthday of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
More than 150 people sang and danced yesterday in honor King at a birthday observance at Saint Patrick´s Catholic Church of Sonora. The Rev. Bill Kraft called King “that man in our history who stood up for what was right.”
King would have been 75 years old Thursday if his life had not been cut short by an assassin´s bullet on April 4, 1968. With his policy of nonviolent protest, he was a dominant force in the civil rights movement from 1957 to 1968.