Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Walk and Civil Rights Memorial Essay Contest Reading Set for Jan. 15 in Victorville

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.COM) – As the nation prepares to honor the living legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the City of Victorville is preparing to host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Walk and Civil Rights Memorial Essay Contest Unveiling Ceremony.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the City of Victorville will hold a plaque unveiling ceremony to acknowledge the winner of its esteemed Civil Rights Memorial Essay Contest.

The event will take place on Monday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m., coinciding with the Commemorative Peace March Program hosted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at the Victorville City Hall located at 14343 Civic Drive.

One of the key moments of the event will involve a recitation of the winning essay written by Sophia Burciaga, a student at Discovery School of the Arts. Her piece captivated the City’s attention. Furthermore, a bronze plaque will be unveiled to commemorate the civil rights leader celebrated in the fifth grader’s essay.

Fifth grader, Sophia Burciaga, and Victorville Mayor Elizabeth “Liz” Becerra

The Civil Rights Memorial Essay Contest is an annual competition that invites fifth and sixth grade students from schools across Victorville to explore and articulate the contributions of individuals in advancing the civil rights movement.

This year’s plaque is sponsored by Advanced Medical and Kidney Institute, under the leadership of Dr. Sunil H. Patel, whose son Sohan was the winner of the 2021 Essay Contest.

This year’s event is not only an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of notable civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Asa Philip Randolph, Frederick Douglass, Cesar Chavez, Harriet Tubman, Lucy Burns, Jackie Robinson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Frances EW Harper, but also to recognize and amplify the voices of the younger generation in shaping the future of civil rights advocacy.

Martin Luther King JR day sign illustration us background

The walk coincides with the suspension of all Victor Valley Transit Bus services on Monday, January 15, 2024, in observance of the national holiday.

San Bernardino County officials have encouraged residents to reflect on Dr. King’s timeless message of equality and justice, urging them to engage in volunteer opportunities and participate in local events that honor his enduring legacy.


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