Paso Robles event planned to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

The city of Paso Robles will host a celebration next week in honor of legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The free event, which coincides with King’s birthday and the federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Centennial Banquet Room, 600 Nickerson Drive in Paso Robles. King would have turned 85 on Jan. 15.

According to event co-chair Sharon Williams, the theme of this year’s celebration is “Together Because of the Dream, Our Community Walks as One.”

The event will feature two speakers: equestrian and KCBX radio contributor Donna Cheek and pastor Gary Jordan of Second Baptist Church in Paso Robles.

Local performers include bagpipe player Ed Gallagher, Ballet Folklorico Cachanilla and the God Squad Dance Crew. This year’s celebration will also feature the newly created Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir, Williams said, which is comprised of singers from several local groups.

In addition, the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation will do a drama presentation.

Although the event is free, organizers will collect monetary donations for Loaves & Fishes in Paso Robles.

For information, call Sharon Williams at 237-4737 or Novella Walker 237-3873.