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Teaming up to promote peace, the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Toppenish School District, and Toppenish Community Safety Network will host the 9th annual MLK Peace March in Toppenish.

The event celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of unity and community involvement and is expected to draw some 800 people at 10 am on Monday, Jan. 21. 

Welcome/Kickoff: 10 a.m. at the O’Reilly & Dollar Tree parking lot (300 West 1st Ave, Toppenish)

March to Toppenish Middle School: 10:30 a.m.

Speakers and Performances: 11:15 a.m. (at Toppenish Middle School, 104 Goldendale Ave.)

Rosa Ortiz, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Outreach Coordinator says, "Yakima always had their big MLK event annually and I wanted to bring that to Toppenish,”

Ortiz approached Toppenish School District Superintendent John Cerna, asking to use the middle school cafeteria for the presentation.

Cerna says,"Because of Martin Luther King Jr.’s role in history, I have the opportunities that I have...without him, I may not be able to hold the role in the school district that I do.”

Entertainment includes performances by Toppenish School District students and . coffee, hot chocolate, and pastries will be provided to all.