For the past 28 years the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration has had a long and distinguished history in our community. It has presented here at Modesto Junior College an array of amazing Civil Rights era leaders as well as current activists who keep alive Dr. King’s message of social and economic justice. Every year, these speakers have regaled their audiences with wisdom, history, contemporary relevance, and as always, a bit of humor. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a very special virtual program will be presented. In the spirit of Dr. King, some exciting young people will offer their thoughts on important issues like voting rights and racism.
The program will also highlight the presentation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award, honoring individuals who have a long history of community service. One award will be given posthumously to Shelly Scribner and will be accepted by her daughter, Juniper Scribner. The second award will be given to the Rev. Dean Dodd of the Cleansing Hope Shower Shuttle for his service to Modesto’s homeless.