King’s dream honored

Marches set to commemorate 50-year-old speech

There are a couple of events scheduled locally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington during which, on Aug. 28, 1963, the late Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the White House lawn.

On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Butte County chapter of the NAACP will hold a 10 a.m. march in Oroville leading from the Southside Oroville Community Center parking lot to Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Wyandotte Avenue where, according to chapter President Irma Jordan, “We will rally in fellowship with prayer, community info, exchanges of literature, speeches, song and dance.”

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, a march will be held in Chico’s Chapmantown neighborhood, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Dorothy Johnson Center (775 E. 16th Street) and ending at the King statue in Community Park on 20th Street. The event is sponsored by the Chico Peace and Justice Center and the Martin Luther King Unity Group.