The Motherlode Martin Luther King Jr. Committee’s 23rd annual celebration of the civil rights leader’s birthday this year will highlight poverty in the Mother Lode.

The free event scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, in the Sonora High School auditorium, will have a slightly different format this year. As opposed to a keynote speaker, there will be a panel of local people who deal with poverty in the community firsthand through their work.

The panel of speakers at the event will be Margie Bulkin, Irvin Jim, Mark Dyken, and Steve Wilensky.

Bulkin is the recently retired Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools who now serves on the Board of Trustees for the Yosemite Community College School District.

Jim is chairman of the Hung A Lel Ti Woodfords Washoe Community Council, a tribe based in Markleeville.

Dyken is director of the Jamestown Family Resource Center, which says that 20 percent of students in the Jamestown School District fall under the definition of being homeless.

Wilensky is a former Calaveras County supervisor and chairman of the Calaveras Health Impact Product Solutions, a nonprofit organization that does projects to sustain the health of forests.

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