Martin Luther King Jr. honored in downtown Fresno
FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) —
The Nation honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15, 2018.
The civil rights icon would have been 89-years-old on this day.
President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983.
It was first observed 3 years later in 1986.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
More than a hundred people marched on the very foggy morning in downtown Fresno to pay their respects.
They marched from Saint John's Catholic Church to Fresno City Hall.
Several community leaders including City Council President Esmerelda Soria and Congressman Jim Costa spoke about the importance of the message Doctor King preached and how it is still relevant 50 years after his death.
Last week, President Trump signed a federal holiday declaration.
The president encouraged Americans to dedicate the day to acts of civic work and community service.
National parks all over the country are offering free admission in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
It's one of just four free days this year. The others fall on the first day of National Park Week in April, National Publics Land Day in September and Veterans Day in November.