The city of Yakima will celebrate the life and accomplishments of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. this week. The theme to Yakima's 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is Reach out and Touch Somebody's Hand. A variety of events are planned this weekend ending with the the annual Peace Walk on January 20 set for 11:30 a.m. at North 5th Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The march ends at the Yakima Convention Center where a short program will be held.
But Before the march other activities are planned January 17,18,19 including the Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Tournament in the OIC Excel Gymnasium, the 35th Annual All City Worship Service set for 3:00 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 5 S. Naches. Then on Monday the Annual Peace March will be held in Yakima and Toppenish.

The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Toppenish School District, and Toppenish Community Safety Network will host the 10th annual MLK Peace March in Toppenish, celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of unity and community involvement. The Toppenish MLK Peace March gathering is set for Monday, Jan. 20, at 10:00 a.m. It begins at the O’Reilly & Dollar Tree parking lot (300 West 1st Ave, Toppenish). The march will end at Toppenish Middle School: 10:30 a.m. where a program is planned just like Yakima.