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Martin Luther King Jr. Day in San Francisco


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, on Jan. 21, 2013, also coincides with President Obama's second inauguration. Several SF Bay Area tributes to the civil rights leader include volunteer service opportunities and live broadcasts of the inauguration ceremony.

In the Name of Love

This musical tribute to King and the values of community, inclusion, diversity and equality features Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday, jazz couple Tuck and Patti, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Oakland Children’s Community Choir and Oaktown Jazz Workshops. A humanitarian award will be presented to an Oakland resident.
January 19, at 7 pm. At the Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland 94612. Tickets $13.20-55.90.

National Park Fee-Free Day

On Martin Luther King, Jr. day, all national parks offer free admission--such as Muir Woods, Sequoia and Yosemite.
January 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Breakfast Celebration

Since this year’s annual breakfast coincides with the presidential inauguration, it includes a live broadcast of President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. Also, winners of a youth essay contest will read their compositions. Shuttle bus rides will be provided afterward to the Caltrain station to those who want to then join a commemorative freedom march to Yerba Buena Gardens.
January 21, at 8 am. At West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore St., San Francisco 94115. Tickets $20, 50.

Mitzvah Day

A service day in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., organized by Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. Choose among at least 20 different projects to work on, including visiting elderly people, cooking and serving at soup kitchens, restoring natural habitats and painting for a communal art installation.
January 21, from 8 am. Check in at 8-10 am at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 94303. Free, but pre-registration required.

MLK Day of Service at the Golden Gate National Parks

Help plant, weed, clean up or restore the grounds of the Golden Gate National Parks, including Ocean Beach, the Presidio and Alcatraz’s gardens in San Francisco, Fort Baker and Muir Beach in Marin, and Mori Point in San Mateo County. At most of the sites, volunteers of all ages are welcome. Training and tools will be provided; no experience is needed.
January 21, from 8:30 am. At various locations in the SF Bay Area. Free.

MLK Day of Service - Faith in America's Future

Watch President Barack Obama take the oath of office, and then roll up your sleeves and help for a couple of hours--e.g., garden, clean up a park, or write letters to seniors, veterans or Obama. Volunteers will get free breakfast and lunch.
January 21 at 8:30 am-2 pm. At the African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., San Francisco 94102. Free.

Freedom Train

A ride that commemorates the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery. Leaves from San Jose’s Rod Diridon train station at 9:30 am, stops in Sunnyvale, Palo Alto and San Mateo, and arrives in San Francisco at 10:55 am, where it joins up with a commemorative march and parade.
January 16, from 9:30 am. Tickets $10 per person round-trip; must be bought in advance.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

Activities all day pay tribute to King and his ideals. A commemorative march starts at 11 am from San Francisco’s Caltrain station to Yerba Buena Gardens, followed by a ceremony by the San Francisco Interfaith Council. Vocalists and political and civil rights leaders bring King’s words to life in an afternoon program, and the acclaimed documentary The Waiting Room will be screened. Other highlights: An awards ceremony for THE DREAM@50, a student art contest marking the 50th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech; a health fair; music and poetry performances; and free admission at Yerba Buena Center for Arts, San Francisco Museum at the Mint, Contemporary Jewish Museum (free for ages 18 and under) and Museum of the African Diaspora.
January 21, from 11 am. At Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Gardens, 701 Mission St., San Francisco 94103. Free.

MLK, Jr. Family Free Day - What is Your Dream?

The Museum of the African Diaspora offers free admission and hosts films, African drumming, films, an info fair by historically black colleges and universities, a scavenger hunt and art projects.
January 21, at 11 am-5 pm. At the Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., San Francisco 94105. Free.

Piedmont Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Piedmont’s annual celebration is a community potluck with live music.
January 21, at 11:30 am–2:30 pm. At Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave., Oakland 94611. Free.

The Dream & 50 Years Evening Celebration

After the daytime celebration at Yerba Buena, shift to live music and performances, DJs and wine tasting. Proceeds benefit the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation.
January 21, at 5-7 pm. At City View at Metreon, 135 4th St., Suite 4000, San Francisco 94103. Tickets $15.
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