Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Freedom Train will likely run again next year on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day after last-minute ticket sales for the commemorative ride from San Jose and San Francisco skyrocketed.
It seems as though Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day isn’t viewed simply as a day off for an increasing number of Bay Area residents. Rather, they are turning it into a day of service, benefiting those in need.
About 250 volunteers fanned out in an East Oakland neighborhood on the holiday to spruce things up and clean up a couple of schools. The volunteers went to James Madison Middle School, and Sobrante Park Elementary to pick up trash, do some painting, and clear weeds.
There are several Bay Area observances of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. There are also a number of community service projects planned.