Boys and Girls Club members gather in Visalia on Jan. 20 for march honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
VISALIA – On Jan. 20, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sequoias will be holding their annual march and service event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Every year, members and staff from the Visalia, Tulare, Exeter, Ivanhoe, Strathmore and Farmersville clubs congregate at the Visalia Boys and Girls Club to march downtown as a united group. They then hold their program at the Garden Street Plaza, spreading messages of positivity. Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sequoias (BGCS) invites the public to join them and make this march the most memorable one to date.
Though school is out of session on MLK Jr. Day, members still choose to spend the day with the Boys and Girls Club—traveling by bus from their local clubs to the Visalia club. Parents and friends of the club join in on the march, preparing posters, holding up banners, and chanting motivational messages. Once the group arrives at the plaza, the program begins.
This year, BGCS is grateful to have Barbara Simpson as their guest speaker for the event. Simpson is a retired educator who not only is a talented youth motivational speaker but is also involved in our community. The program also consists of unique performances from each club, such as a reading of the I Have a Dream speech, readings of poetry, and an interpretive dance. After the program, the members will march back to the Visalia club for a barbecue lunch. The five visiting clubs will then travel back to their respective sites and all members and staff will spend the rest of the day serving their local community.
BGCS organizes this event every year in order to show their members the importance of standing up for their beliefs and uniting for a cause. Renee Brisson, Unit Director of the Visalia club and chair of this event, explains that, “It’s vital we teach our kids to thrive in a community of love, peace and continuous growth. The only way to teach them this is to teach them about those who made history fighting for those exact things. We welcome everyone to join us for this event to stand together for one thing—unity.”
Anyone is invited to join the march which begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Visalia Boys and Girls Club, 215 W. Tulare Ave. in Visalia. After the march, the program will begin at 11 a.m. at Garden Street Plaza in downtown.
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