Bay Area Martin Luther King Jr. events

January 21, 2008 1:11:04 PM PST
Cities and agencies around the San Francisco Bay will remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today with celebrations, marches and memorials.

Both the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District and Bay Area Rapid Transit will be operating on normal hours instead of holiday hours in order to transport residents to various events throughout the bay, according to spokesmen for both transit agencies.

One of the largest events taking place is the rally, teach-in, speeches and other entertainment at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The all-day event will start at 9 a.m.

Members of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley will be riding the "Freedom Train" from the Caltrain San Jose Diridon Station to San Francisco. From there they will conduct a "Freedom March" that will take them to the Civic Center to join in the celebrations. Marchers should arrive at the Civic Center at 1:30 p.m.

Caltrain produces the "Freedom Train" with the association every year and around 1,600 passengers are expected to make the journey to San Francisco.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will have its own "Freedom Train," which will depart from the Sunnydale Station and follow the T-Third route from Visitacion Valley to the Montgomery station.

On the other side of the bay, the East Bay Regional Parks will honor King by hosting clean-up efforts in Garretson Point in Oakland. Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment will hold a peace march in Livermore to honor the late orator.

Congressman George Miller, D-Martinez, will speak at another parade held for King, at Hogan High School in Vallejo.

Back in San Francisco residents can end their evening in celebration of King's life by attending Youth Speaks' 11th annual "Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," at Herbst Theatre. The event will feather 20 young performers speaking about civil rights and the post-civil rights era.

Bay Area event listings:

  • 9 a.m. San Francisco's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration with a rally, educational programs and live entertainment. Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., San Francisco.

  • 9:30 a.m. Grassroots Leadership Network of Marin will host "A day on not a day off" birthday celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with contests, awards and a community celebration. Manzanita Rec Center/Marguerita Johnson Senior Center, 630/640 Drake Ave., Marin.

  • 10 A.M. East Bay regional parks will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with clean-up efforts at Garretson Point. Doolittle Drive and Swan Way, Oakland.

  • 10 A.M. Tri-Valley Care's "Remembering the Dream" peace march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. United Christian Church, 1886 college Ave., Livermore.

  • 11 A.M. Congressman George Miller, D-Martinez, will speak at a Post Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade celebration. Associate Washington D.C. judge Robert Rigsby will deliver the keynote address. Hogan High School, auditorium, 850 Rosewood Ave., Vallejo.

  • 11 A.M. City of San Leandro will host its eighth annual Celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks blvd., San Leandro.

  • 7 P.M. Youth speaks' 11th annual "Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," with 20 young performers who will talk about the civil rights and post civil rights era. Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.