30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration


 The 30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration invites you to our 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on Saturday, February 10, 2024. Noted Civil Rights attorney Maya Wiley will be our keynote speaker at Modesto Junior College’s Performing Arts & Media Center, 435 College Ave., Modesto at 7:00 p.m.

She will meet with students in the MJC Little Theatre at 4:00 p.m.

There will be inspirational music, spoken word, and the awarding of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award to retired Modesto High School teacher and founder of the Annual Day of Respect, Sharon Froba.

Maya Wiley

Maya Wiley is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. A nationally respected civil rights attorney, Wiley has been a litigator at the ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc., and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She has created programs in philanthropy, non-profits, government, and higher education. She helped create a criminal justice program for a major foundation in South Africa.

Wiley became the first Black woman to be Counsel to a New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, where she worked to protect and expand civil rights, Minority and Women-Owned Business contracts, and broadband access.

Maya Wiley has received numerous awards and has been a public voice for rights, justice, and democracy through written opinion editorials and as a former legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

SPONSORS: The Modesto Peace/Life Center, the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation, & Neighborhoods Dept., Modesto Junior College, California State University, Stanislaus, and community organizations and individuals. This event is solely supported by donations. It you would like to sponsor or donate, contact Jim Costello at