Things to do on MLK Day, 2014

  • Monday, Jan 20th: "MLK Jr. Day of Service: Community Clean-Up"- Come out and make a difference in your community while celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy w/ your Fremont family, AmeriCorps mentors, and community members. The event will be held at Fremont High School(4610 Foothill Blvd, Oakland,CA) where there will be a general check-in at 8:30am(volunteers will be assigned shirts and then they'll be split into teams). Council member Noel Gallo will be present for opening remarks, followed by team icebreakers. By 9am each team will head out to their assigned area w/ team leaders(maps will be provided) and then by 12pm each team will meet back at Fremont High for lunch and closing remarks. 
  • Monday, Jan 20thMLK Day of Service at the Gardens at Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park

  • Sunday, Jan 19th: “In the Name of Love,” a Tribute to MLK – Mayor Jean Quan will present the City of Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award to Carol Johnson for her outstanding work on behalf of the Oakland community at “In the Name of Love,” the 12th Annual Musical Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event, which begins at 7:00 p.m., will be held at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive. “In the Name of Love,” produced by Living Jazz, is an extensive civic and cultural event that pays homage through music, to one of the greatest humanitarians of our time. The 2014 musical entertainment includes singer/songwriter/actor Martin Luther McCoy, the Marcus Shelby Jazz 

    Orchestra featuring the Dynamic Ms. Faye Carol, the powerful 65-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the 275-voice Oakland Children’s Community Choir backed up by the Oaktown Jazz Workshops. Nikki Thomas from KBLX will serve as emcee. 

  • Friday, Jan 17: Speeches of a Dream: MLK Celebration7:00-9:00 pm, Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street. Join the Open Mic Celebration of the life and legacy of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Share poetry, art, music or song. When developing materials for the Open Mic, participants are encouraged to consider how they would respond to one of Dr King's most persistent and urgent questions What are you doing for others?" RSVP at

  • Monday, Jan 20, 7:00-6:00: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Camp. Downtown Oakland YMCA, 2350 Broadway. Campers have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence and make lasting friendships through a unique mix of activities that focus on developmental assets, the building blocks that teach children how to make positive and intelligent decisions throughout life. During this special holiday camp, campers will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a community garden service project and visit “Remember Them” Champions for Humanity monument. Participants will learn more about Dr. King’s dream and his work with the hopes of inspiring campers to develop and accomplish their very own dreams. Breakfast, lunch and a snack are provided. To register, visit For more information, please call (510) 451-9622.

  • Monday, Jan 20 9:00-noon: Day of Service, Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, 6775 Oakport Street. Day of Service volunteers will perform a shoreline cleanup along the east side of the shoreline and plant native plants at the Martin Luther King Grove. For more information, please visit or call (510) 544-3115. 
  • Monday, Jan 20, 9:00-noon: Day of Service at Peralta Hacienda – 2465 34th Avenue. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Lend a hand at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park by picking up trash, pulling weeds, removing non-native plants and making our park a more beautiful place. Be sure to wear clothes appropriate for gardening – long pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes, sun hat, sunscreen and gardening gloves. Tools will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own to ensure that there are enough for all participants. Bring water and snacks. For more information, please visit or call (510) 532-9142.
  • Monday, Jan 20, 10:00-noon, 16th Annual "Make the Dream Real." McClymonds High School, 2607 Myrtle Street. Shakti Butler, PhD, filmmaker and Founder & Creative Director of World Trust, will be the keynote for this event. She is a dynamic educator in the field of racial equity. Following the free event, a luncheon will be served. The focus of this event is on equity in education and making the dream of racial equality real for all children. In addition to the keynote address, awards will be presented to community and youth leaders living the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and there will be live musical performances. For more information, please visit or call (510) 652-5530. 

  • Monday, Jan 20, 10:00-2:00, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Rally, ILWU Warehouse Union Hall Local #6, 99 Hegenberger Road. This celebration of the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will include guest speakers and youth performances. The organizers are keeping the dream alive through education and non-violence. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please call (510) 798-5535. 
  • Monday, Jan 20, 11:30-5:30: AAMLO’s Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival –African American Museum & Library, 659 14th Street. AAMLO is honored to continue its traditional Martin Luther King, Jr. film festival by presenting a selection of critically acclaimed documentaries that put into historical perspective the nation defining-movement of the 1950s and 1960s for African American civil rights. The following films will be shown: In Remembrance of Martin; Freedom On My Mind; Eyes On the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement Vol. 7; The Second American Revolution; Mississippi, America; and Legacy of a Dream. For more information, please contact Veda Silva, Museum Project Coordinator, at or (510) 637-0200. 
  • Friday, Jan 24, 6:30-8:30 pm: The Gathering Place, In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Mosswood Recreation Center, 3612 Webster Street. Enjoy poetry, music and art created by all ages to inspire and encourage reflection at this family friendly event. A drumming circle will begin at 5:30 p.m. Poetry must be submitted before the day of event. For more information, please visit 

    or call (510) 597-5038. 

  • Saturday, Jan 19, 9am start, Arroyo Viejo Creek Work Day. Come to the Arroyo Viejo Creek in Knowland Park and experience the local habitat, while helping it thrive. Grab your gardening gloves and help clean up the creek. We work rain or shine, so come prepared! Click here for more info.

  • Sunday, January 19, 9am-1pm, 6300 Moraga Ave., 2014 Day of Service- Montclair Community Work Day, Montclair Village (meet at the basketball court).The purpose of the event is to improve infrastructure, clean and clear overgrowth of plants and trees, and remove trash and debris in Montclair Park and the walkways along Moraga. Most importantly, we seek to build community through a collective effort to beautify our neighborhood and park!  Refreshments will be provided by Crogan's Montclair, Crown Wines and Spirits, Starbucks, Colonial donuts, and others. Bring gloves and any favorite sheers or pruning tools-rakes and bagging supplies will be provided.

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  • Sunday, Jan 19, 12-6pm, APol Resource Connection Presents Courageous Conversations -- Healing the African American Family & Community with Dr. Joy DeGruy-Leary -- Train the Trainer Workshop. Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 1188 12th St. Topic: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. Tax deductible donation: $100 (includes workshop and lunch). CEUs are available. Purchase tickets here.For more info: Mona Williams, 290-4537, or Sandra Sanders-West, 773-0462,www.taylorchurch,org

  • Monday, Jan 20, 9am-noon, BBBON District 7 Clean Up on G Street. Volunteers will pick up trash and litter in a 7-block area on G Street between 86th and 92nd Avenues. To volunteer and for more info: Mary Forte, 612-3165,

  • Monday, Jan 20, 1-3, Celebrate Dr. King's Legacy: Past, Present, and Future, Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 1188 12th St.  A free community event. With Reverend Andrea Davidson. Guest speaker: Dr. Joy DeGruy-Leary. Mistress of Ceremony: LadyRay (106 KMEL) For more info and/or sponsorship: 444-6162 or

  • Monday, Jan 20, 12-3, Oakland Museum of California: Celebrate MLK Day Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St.

    Honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at OMCA! Winners from Oakland Unified School District's Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Festival will present their award-winning poetry from 12:30 to 1pm. Create your own one-of-a-kind dream bottle to hold your dreams, hopes, and wishes. All ages are invited to join in, free with Museum admission For more info:

  • Monday, Jan 20, 6pm-10pm, Pathways2Justice Film Night - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, Impact Hub Oakland Pop Up 1423 Broadway, Free Event. Join us on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Impact Hub Oakland for an inspirational movie night. This special viewing of the re-mastered version of the 1970 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Register Here

  • Monday, Jan 20, 12 noon-3pm, MLK Day of Service Community Clean Up. Volunteers will come together to clean the streets of West Oakland, remove graffiti, and enhance beautification projects. Bags, pickers, vests, and latex gloves will be provided for litter removal. Paint, rollers, and gloves will be provided for graffiti removal, as well as supplies for beautification projects. Wear closed toe shoes, and if you have sturdy gloves, bring them. Sponsored by American Steel Studios, located at 1960 Mandela Parkway enter on 20th. Contact:Karen Cusolito, 510.544.9625, karen@americansteelstudios.comPlease sign in to volunteer for this opportunity

  • Monday, Jan 20, 10 am, tree planting in Old Oakland with Urban Releaf. 707 Jefferson.