About 25 college and high school students from the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland will visit the King Memorial Monument in Fresno State’s Peace Garden at noon Wednesday, July 26, as part of a statewide Civic Engagement Pilgrimage underway this summer.
At 1 p.m., the students will be greeted by University President Joseph I. Castro in the Peace Garden, where the King monument was installed on Jan. 18, 1999.
In addition to the students who are accompanied by three advisers, the pilgrimage has engaged elected officials, media and community members in a residential, traveling experience dedicated to serving peace, community and a stronger democracy. This summer’s pilgrimage from June 19 to Aug. 3 includes Civic Engagement Listening Circles designed to inspire thousands of registered and unregistered voters to engage in democracy.
In April, the League of Women Voters of Oakland bestowed the 2017 “Making Democracy Work Award” upon the MLK Freedom Center, recognizing its contribution to continuous voter education and registration.