BARSTOW - On Saturday, members of the Barstow community will march up Barstow Road in memory of a man and a dream.

Saturday's march will be the 12th annual in Barstow to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This year's theme for the march is "To Make a Difference." The march starts in the parking lot at the intersection of Barstow Road and Williams Street and ends at the Cora Harper Community Center.

Mary L. Hailey, the president of the Art and Industrial Women's Club, which sponsors the march and Monday's peace breakfast, said the march is meant to mirror King's peace marches and promotes peace between all people.

"A lot of people think it's just for blacks," she said, "but it is for everybody."

Former mayor Katy Yslas-Yent and long-time activist Clara Jefferson conceived the first march, and the tradition has continued in their honor since they have died. A familiar face at the march and the community, Annie Jo Shropshire, will also be honored at the annual peace breakfast held on Monday.

Shropshire, who promoted black history throughout the community, died in October.

The breakfast will be at 8 a.m. at the Sizzler on East Main Street. The guest speaker this year will be Natasha Moore. Moore is Jefferson's granddaughter and grew up in Barstow. She is currently a nurse in Georgia. Hailey said Moore's theme will be "Engaged to make a difference."

Desert Dispatch columnist Helen Bendure contributed to this report.
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Peace March Saturday, Jan. 19
March starts at 10 a.m. at Barstow Road and Williams Street.
Ends at Cora Harper Community Center, 841 Barstow Road with a rally

Peace Breakfast Monday, Jan. 21 at 8 a.m.
The Sizzler, 1523 East Main Street
Ticket donations are $15 for adults, $8 for children 10 and younger
From more information contact Mary Hailey at 256-7708