2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
The MLK Commemoration has a long history. For the past 27 years some amazing civil rights speakers have been on Modesto’s stage. Every year, these speakers regaled the audience with wisdom, history, modern application, and as always, a bit of humor. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a very special program will be presented like no other in the history of this event.
Judge Ruben Villalobos will return as the host and will help look back on some of the inspirational speakers that Modesto has had the privilege of meeting and hearing on the Modesto Junior College auditorium stage. Some of them, sadly, are no longer with us. There will be clips of Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., “Good Trouble” Congressman John Lewis and beloved Maya Angelou who spoke to a standing room only audience in the MJC gymnasium in 2001. There will also be many other clips of past speakers.