The statue of Martin Luther King Jr. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on Jan. 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1983, the nation celebrates his birthday, his life and his legacy as a federal holiday on the third Monday of the year. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” said King. Typically marked as a day of service and volunteerism, the San Francisco Bay Area also celebrates MLK Jr. Day on Jan. 16, 2017 in the following ways.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Yerba Buena Gardens
701 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Dates: Jan. 13-16, 2017
NorcalMLK will host three days of free events and activities, both indoor and outdoor, in the heart of downtown San Francisco. The main program features films, talks, faith gatherings, a music festival and health event on the lawn, children’s programs and more. Frequent updates are posted to Twitter @norcalmlk, a charitable organization dedicated to extending Dr. King’s vision throughout our Northern California and Bay Area communities.
MLK March of Freedom and Parade
700 King Street at 4th St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Date: Jan. 16, 2017
As per usual, thousands gather in recognition of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 with a 1.5-mile march to commemorate King’s historic marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Early arrival for the step off from the Caltrain Station at 11 a.m. is recommended for those who wish to join the route ending at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Yerba Buena Gardens. The crossing of Lefty O’Doul Bridge and a pause at Willie Mays Plaza by AT&T Park represent the milestone crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.
City View at Metreon
135 4th St #4000
San Francisco, CA 94103
Dates: Jan. 15-16, 2017
Named by USA Today as one of the nation’s 10 best arts festivals, BCAF2017 is a two-day event celebrating the contribution of creative African Americans to the world of comic arts. A grand expo, special guests, film screenings, artist panels and conversations, kids events and cosplay are among the activities on the calendar at the City View at Metreon. Some events take place at the San Francisco Main Library (100 Larkin Street). Most events are free and open to the public.
Presidio MLK Volunteer Day of Service
Presidio of San Francisco
Fort Scott Field
(415 ) 561-5332
Date: Jan. 16, 2017 – 9:00am – 12:30pm
Enjoy the outdoors and keep San Francisco’s parks beautiful on a day off. A family-friendly event will take place, featuring a habitat, forest and gardens. All ages are welcome and no experience is required for special volunteer days in the Presidio. Details about the activities, what to wear and where to meet is posted online closer to the date. Interested groups and individuals should register and can also get in touch with the volunteer coordinator. Meet at Building 1216, Presidio of San Francisco.
659 14th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
Date: Jan. 16, 2017 – 11:00am
Please join the African American Museum & Library at Oakland in honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Film Festival. The museum is hosting a film screening of four films documenting African Americans’ struggle for civil rights: Black Americans Since MLK: And Still I Rise, The African American: Many Rivers to Cross, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights and The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. The film screening is located in the museum gallery.