Bay Area Martin Luther King Jr. Day events

January 16, 2011 7:33:48 PM PST
The nation commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. Several communities are calling for a "Day of Service."


WHAT: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day on - not a day off - for young people committed to making a difference in the community.

City Year San José/Silicon Valley will be serving at Daniel Lairon Elementary School, which was recently renamed in honor of Principal Daniel Lairon who passed away midway through the 2009-2010 school year. On this transformative day of service, City Year San José/Silicon Valley will engage more than 50 external volunteers in completing many needed projects, which include: renovating the school garden, painting panel murals, cleaning and organizing classrooms and storage spaces and painting the blacktop.

WHO: City Year San José/Silicon Valley staff, corps and alumni and Daniel Lairon Elementary School employees, and volunteers from Bank of America, Starbucks, SYSCO and Reading Partners

WHEN: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011
City Year San Jose /Silicon Valley Executive Director and Principal Tom Webb will speak at 9:00 a.m.
Service: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Transformative Service at Daniel Lairon Elementary School
3975 Mira Loma Way
San José, CA 95111



WHAT: A Day of Service and Music, hosted by Music National Service and Oakland School for the Arts Community members of all ages will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through music and service. Participants of all ages and skill levels will learn to play Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" and will paint MLK-inspired murals to be displayed in local schools and organizations. The event will culminate in a full-group performance

WHO: Youth from Bay Area organizations: MusicianCorps, Youth UpRising, Unity Care, Hip Hop 360, Youth Movement Records, Girls Rock Camp, UC Berkeley Music Connection and ServeNext, as well as employees from Shell Oil, Jump Consulting and Wells Fargo.
WHERE: Oakland School for the Arts
530 18th St. Oakland, CA 94612

WHEN: Monday, January 17th, 2011 from 10:00am - 3:00pm ("Lean on Me" Performance at 2:30 p.m.)



In commemoration of the Martin Luther King National Day of Service, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will be supporting the efforts of the African American Art & Culture Complex, Organizing for America and Citizen Hope to host a one-day volunteer initiative throughout San Francisco.

DPW will provide supplies and assistance to volunteers that will be participating in tree-planting, gardening and litter cleanup activities throughout the city. In addition, the department will host cleaning and greening volunteer activities along Geary Boulevard and in the Western Addition.

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a "National Day of Service," which takes place annually on the third Monday in January and is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service.

Partners for the MLK National Day of Service in San Francisco include the African American Art & Culture Complex, Organizing for America, San Francisco Park and Recreation Department, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, San Francisco Police Department, the Glide Memorial Church, Lefty O'Doul's, the National Parks Department, Mo Magic, and Citizen Hope.

Date & Time: Monday, January 17, 2010 beginning at 8 a.m.
Location: Meet at 762 Fulton Street
8:00am-8:45am: Breakfast available and volunteer sign-up for various locations
8:45am-9:15am: Rally featuring special invited guest and MLK poet, Brandon Hughes and celebrity vocalist Lawrence Beamen from "Americas Got Talent."
9:15am-9:30am: Travel to volunteer destination courtesy of SFMTA
9:30am-12:30pm: Volunteer activities



Mayor Announces Palo Alto Day of Community Service to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Palo Alto's Mayor Sid Espinosa invites families and individuals from across the city to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by participating in a fun and important day of community service on Monday, January 17.

"This is going to be an exciting day for Palo Alto and the broader community. We're encouraging everyone to get out there and do a service project during the holiday weekend," said Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa. "There's something for everyone, so I hope to see a great mix of individuals, families, students, teachers, seniors, non-profits, service organizations, faith-based groups, and members of the business community join me in volunteering on this day of service."

To help families and individuals get involved in the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, here is a list of local community-service efforts planned for Monday January 17:

Community Service on Lytton Plaza - The City of Palo Alto in collaboration with Youth Community Service (YCS) will provide opportunities to donate food for Second Harvest Food Bank, drop off coats for One Warm Coat project and to participate in a volunteer project on Lytton Plaza (Emerson Street at University Avenue). Kiwanis will also be on the plaza signing up volunteers for future service projects. There will be music and fun for all - and more importantly, this will be a chance to do something to help others. To get involved, come to Lytton Plaza on Monday January 17 between noon and 3 PM.

Sign-up for a Community Service Project - The Palo Alto Jewish Community Center is organizing a day of service in Palo Alto on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (MLK Day). More than 25 local volunteer opportunities will be available at this event, with activities ranging from habitat restoration, making cat toys and dog biscuits for homeless pets, visiting senior citizens, serving meals at a shelter, working on crafts for hospitalized children and helping with the creation of a library in Botswana. To get involved or "register" in advance, visit

"If folks are interested in working on an environmental project, they can plug into activities with Save the Bay in Hayward or Acterra at the City's Arastradero Preserve," explained Greg Betts, Director of the Community Services Department of City of Palo Alto. "For a one-stop way to find a variety of service opportunities for January 17, check out the volunteer website compiled by the Jewish Community Center."

Participating in organized events like Martin Luther King Day of Service or Mitzvah Day (A mitzvah can be loosely defined as "good deed.") is a great way to get started and learn about ongoing ways to serve and build connections in local communities. For additional ideas for ways to serve, either on Monday January 17, or in the future, visit

For more information about the MLK Day of Service, visit or to connect with this and other activities, go to the City's Facebook page.



Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) will join the Marin City Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition to celebrate the birthday of Dr. King. The theme of the Coalition's 13th Annual Dr. King Birthday Celebration will be Communities Empowered to Prosper and it will include a community service project and a leadership brunch with an emerging leaders awards presentation.

Assemblymember Huffman will speak during the community leadership brunch which will feature a keynote address from Junious Williams, CEO of the Urban Strategies Council.

"I am pleased to join The Marin City Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," stated Huffman. "Dr. King's philosophy of non-violence and his example of civility and tolerance are more important now than ever."

Date: Monday, January 17, 2011
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Manzanita Recreation Center
630 Drake Ave.
Marin City, CA 94965