Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day During Pandemic: Sacramento, California

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It is no surprise that Martin Luther King Jr. stands as one of the greatest and most important activists in history. His famous “I Have a Dream” speech has raised awareness of the importance of equality, especially in terms of skin color. Unfortunately, due to the impact of COVID-19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day will look different this year, specifically in Sacramento California. Instead of their annual march, a car caravan will be shown to honor Dr. King.

At 9 AM, the car caravan will kick off from Grant High School with cars passing through the Capitol. From there, more cars will be seen passing through Sacramento City College, the Oak Park Community Center, and finally at Sacramento State. The caravan will be led by Sacramento Regional Transit’s Rosa Parks Bus-a key event which promoted equality in America.

The event will be hosted by the Sacramento NAACP and the Black Lives Matter movement, hoping to “properly honor the work of Martin Luther King Jr.”, according to one Black Lives Matter activist. There will also be a short rally at the college, with people being required to wear masks.

“This is the day we are coming together to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for everyone. So we encourage everyone to participate”, says NAACP President Betty Williams. “This is for the entire community coming together in one voice. We are coming in peace in one voice. We are bringing a message in one voice. We are bringing Sacramento together in one voice, regarding of your race, religious background, or gender. We are one voice”.

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