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1,500 march for Peace and Social Justice in Fresno
A large march (the Fresno Bee estimated 1,500 people) was held on Martin Luther King Day in downtown Fresno. The marchers were there to honor King’s life. Many also came to demand police accountability, peace, social and economic Justice. Here are some photos from the march and the audio from Dolores Huerta’s keynote address.
At the front of the march were elected officials, Dolores Huerta, community activists, and family members of Les Kimber. Kimber, who died on January 10 2015, was a key organizer of past marches, a former Fresno City Council member and a Drum Major for Justice in this community.
All photos by Mike Rhodes
Participants at the MLK march were mostly African American and many of the homemade signs were about Police Accountability.
This was in front of the Veterans Memorial Auditorium where Dolores Huerta spoke.
Demanding police accountability, these marchers turned their back on Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer when he addressed the crowd.
The pre-march rally featured many politicians and law enforcement officials. Henry T. Perea is in the California State Assembly. Dolores Huerta also spoke at the pre-march rally - you can see some of her remarks here: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2015/01/19/18767226.php
This is the complete keynote address by Dolores Huerta at the January 19, 2015 Martin Luther King Day event in Fresno.