As of Tuesday, January 17, 2017
TOPPENISH A peace march is planned Jan. 16 by a team of local organizers and non-profit groups.
The seventh annual Toppenish Peace March is 10 a.m. Monday.
The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Toppenish School District and Toppenish Community Safety Network are organizing the event.
Event committee officials said more than 800 people attended last year’s march.
“This year we have a special treat for event attendees. Roberto Dansie will be our keynote speaker,” committee Chairwoman Rosa Ortiz, said.
Dansie is an award-winning author, motivational and diversity speaker, she said.
The celebration will continue with motivational speaker presentations and performances.
“During this event, we really want to focus on children, youth and education,” Ortiz said. “MLK (Martin Luther King Jr.) believed an investment in education makes a difference not only in a child’s life, but in the health and well-being of the community as a whole.”
A welcome/kick-off is planned for 10 a.m. at Toppenish Medical-Dental Clinic, 510 W. First Ave.
The march begins from the clinic parking lot, at 10:30 a.m.
Community marchers will then proceed to Toppenish Middle School, 104 Goldendale Ave.
At 11:15 a.m., there will be special speakers, including Dansie, and performances at the school, organizers said.