Rod Thornburg/for The Californian March & Celebration for Martin Luther King's Birthday. Marchers pray before this years annual march and celebration in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday by walking from Wilson Park on the corner of Wilson Road and Hughes Lane to The Rising Star Batist Church.

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center on Owens Street will be the nexus for several events being held in honor of MLK Day on Monday.

Things will kick off with a community awards breakfast sponsored by the MLK Jr. Committee at 8:30 a.m. The event will recognize prominent African American leaders for their achievements. Tickets to the breakfast are $25 per person.

Those being honored are Horace Mitchell, retiring president of Cal State Bakersfield; Essie Davis, a retired high school vice principal; Odella Johnson, a retired Bakersfield College administrator; Lisa Green, the departing Kern County District Attorney; Ramon Hendrix, superintendent of the Greenfield Union School District; Harry "Doc" Ervin, the superintendent of the Bakersfield City School District; Darryl Johnson, director of human resources at Panama-Buena Vista Union School District; Karyn Bostick, dance director at The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center; and Bakari Sanyu, who has spent 20 years as a volunteer tutor at the MLK Community Center.

Following the breakfast will be a Day of Service, running from noon to 2 p.m. Volunteers from the MLK Community Center will be handing out free clothes and blankets, as well as providing a free luncheon.

At 6 p.m., the MLK Jr. Memorial Association will hold a community march from the center to St. John Baptist Church, located at 1401 E. Brundage Ln. Marchers are encouraged to be at the center around 5:30 p.m.

Attendees are being asked to park at the church parking lot and take a shuttle bus to the community center. The event is set to end by 8:30 p.m.

For more information about these events or to purchase tickets for the breakfast, call 412-8551 or 706-4233.

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