Community Events and Service Projects honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his Legacy

January 18, 9 am-1 pm
Montclair Village Clean Up and Day of Service*
Montclair Park, 6300 Moraga Ave.
Volunteers will clear overgrowth and brush from Moraga Ave. and Mountain Blvd., in Montclair Park and along the Hwy. 13 fence, plus make repairs and clean up Montclair Park. Refreshments will be provided. Please bring gloves and pruning shears. 

January 18, 7-9:30 pm
“In the Name of Love,” the 13th Annual Musical Tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr.
“In the Name of Love,” Oakland’s Annual Musical Tribute to Dr. King, is proud to celebrate “Creative Achievements of Bay Area African American Female Musicians” highlighting four outstanding vocalists including the dynamic Ms. Faye Carol, Linda Tillery, Melanie DeMore and Gina Breedlove. Accompanying the vocalists will be an all-female band with Tammy Hall on piano, Kofy Brown on bass and Ruthie Price on drums. The powerful 55-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the 300-voice Oakland Children’s Community Choir will also perform. Dana King returns as Mistress of Ceremonies. The Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award will be presented by Mayor Libby Schaaf to Regina Jackson. or 858-5313

January 19, 8:30 am-Noon
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service*
Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Park, Oakport Dr.
Volunteers will work with staff removing micro plastics from the shoreline to stop the clogging of our rivers, bay and ocean. Please bring a refillable water bottle and bucket to pick up trash. This will help reduce the amount of plastics used at the event. Sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District.

January 19, 8:30 am-1 pm
MLK Day of Service at Fremont High School*
Fremont High School, 4610 Foothill Blvd.
The school beautification project will also include a neighborhood cleanup. Rain or shine help honor Dr. King and his legacy of civil rights and civic responsibility. or 427-1605

January 19, 8:30 am-3 pm
MLK Day of Service at The Gardens at Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park*
Lake Merritt Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave.
Join in beautifying Lakeside Park and The Gardens at Lake Merritt through path remediation, weeding and mulching. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring gardening gloves and a water bottle. Rain or shine. or 427-1605

January 19, 9 am-Noon
Beautifying the Gardens*
Morcom Rose Garden, 700 Jean St.
Volunteers will participate at Morcom Rose Garden in a national campaign to make the remembrance of Dr. King’s birthday, “A day on, not a day off.” Activities will include pruning, weeding and mulching.  Rain or Shine. Bring a water bottle, pruners and garden gloves. Please wear sturdy shoes. January begins pruning season for the 3,500 rose bushes. Pruning demonstrations and training are provided. or 427-1605

January 19, 9 am-Noon
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service*
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, 2465 34th Ave.
In this third year of partnering with Life Academy/Service for Peace and many neighbors in honor of Dr. King's legacy of service to one’s community, the Hacienda will host a park clean up that will cover the entire six acres including the Tot Lot, native plant area and creek area. Volunteers will enjoy free tours and a Service for Peace t-shirt will be provided for each participant. This year, Peralta welcomes their newest partners from the Tongan Community. or 532-9142

January 19, 9 am-Noon
District 7 Clean Up on G Street*
Meet at 88th Ave. and G St.
Mark Dr. King’s birthday with a day of service with the Block By Block Organizing Network and other sponsors as volunteers pick up trash and litter on seven blocks of G St. from 86th to 92nd. or 612-3165

January 19, 9 am-12:30 pm
MLK Day of Service 2015 at Shepherd Canyon Park*
Escher Gate, 5881 Escher Dr. (In meadows above soccer field)
Adults, students and families (kids need to be accompanied by parents) will transform a former dump into a place of natural beauty during this service project marking Dr. King’s birthday. or 427-1605

January 19, 10 am-2 pm, doors open at 9am
23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Rally*
ILWU Warehouse Union Local 6, 99 Hegenberger Rd.
This celebration of the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will include special guest speaker Antwan Wilson, Superintendent of Oakland Public Schools. This year’s theme is “Keeping the Dream Alive through Non-Violence, Education and Justice.” Assemblyman Robert Bota will also speak as will a special guest from the Treasure Island Job Corp Center. Entertainment will be provided by Bay Area youth. In addition to the entertainment and speakers, the event also features exhibitors. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rally Committee.

January 19, 11 am-6 pm
Annual MLK Movie Marathon*
African American Museum & Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
The African American Museum & Library is honored to continue its traditional Dr. 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 60s for African American civil rights. or 637-0200

January 19, 2-8 pm
Studio One Arts Center, 365 45th St.
This Forward event is a discussion, including breakout groups and guest speakers, addressing discrimination and other situations that African Americans currently face. This constructive dialog will also explore forward responses or change of direction to negative situations. Additionally, there will be a drumming performance and food will be provided. or 597-5027

January 21, Noon-1:30 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Program “Lift as We Climb”*
Oakland Kaiser Center Building, 300 Lakeside Dr., 2nd floor auditorium
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Siri Brown, Professor of African American Studies and Chair of Social Sciences and Ethnic Studies at Merritt College. There will be a tribute to poet and writer Maya Angelou, performances by Oakland School of the Arts’ Theater students, In Session, employees, music by Youth Radio and more. All are welcome. Sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District. or 464-6136

January 25, Noon-3 pm
OMCA Family Drop-in: MLK Clay Workshop
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Oakland Museum of California. Drawing inspiration from the exhibition Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream of beloved community, create your own unique ceramic artwork, expressing your own dreams for your community. Free admission for OMCA members. No reservations required. All ages welcome. OMCA Family is made possible by generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. or 318-8400