Community Events Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his Legacy

Here’s a sampling of events in Oakland. An * after the event name indicates an admission fee. All phone numbers are in the 510 area code. For more information, please visit oaklandnet.com/celebrations.


January 14, 2-5 pm
Where Do We Go From Here Chaos or Community? A film viewing and discussion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s works and legacy
Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 6833 International Blvd.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community. In honor of this work and Dr. King’s birthday, the MLK Branch, in collaboration with the Oakland International Film Festival, will host a screening of the films, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Historical Perspective and Been to the Mountain. The films will be followed by a discussion of the book and Dr. King’s legacy.
http://bit.ly/2iSGIhf or 615-5728

January 15, 7-9:30 pm
In the Name of Love: 15th 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 present “Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On?” highlighting five outstanding vocalists including Kenny Washington; Terrie Odabi; Will Russ, Jr.; Destani Wolf and Luq Frank with Tammy Hall on piano, Marcus Shelby on bass, Sly Randolph on drums, John Santos on percussion and Teo Avery on sax. The powerful 65-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the 300-voice Living Jazz Children’s Project will also perform. The Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award will be presented to Mr. Glen Upshaw for his work on behalf of the Oakland community. Upshaw has worked in the field of street outreach and violence interruption for close to five years. The 15th Annual Tribute, which will support the Living Jazz Children’s Project — a free music education project for Oakland public elementary schools, promises to
be a profound celebration of civil rights and an amazing evening of music.
www.mlktribute.com or 858-5313

January 16, 8:30 am-Noon
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline, Doolittle Dr. & Swan Way
The East Bay Regional Park District celebrates the “Day of Service” that continues Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of solidarity – improving lives, bridging social barriers and moving our country closer together. People from all walks of life are encouraged to work mutually in bringing a better community. Volunteers will help restore Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Grove and our marshes by cleaning and removing invasive plants in order to support and care for wildlife and their natural habitat. Your efforts will benefit the environment and our community.
http://bit.ly/2i8jfrp or 544-2515

January 16, 8:30 am-3 pm
MLK Day of Service: Lakeside Park Gardens
Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave.
All 190 volunteer spots are filled for this event. Please check again at a later time in case there are cancellations. Various volunteer activities will help beautify Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt and the Gardens, path remediation, weeding, mulching and more. Bring garden gloves, a water bottle and sturdy shoes.
http://bit.ly/2it3dq3

January 16, 9 am-Noon
MLK Day of Service: Jingletown
Check in at the Jingletown Native Plant Garden Art Wall, 2934 Ford St.
Join the Friends of Sausal Creek and Jingletown Arts & Business Community for a workday to clean up the shoreline and tend to the Jingletown Native Plant Garden. All tools and instruction will be provided. All need a signed waiver to participate (bit.ly/2bqkyBI), and anyone under 18 also needs a parental signature on both forms. Bring sturdy shoes, long pants and warm clothes.
http://bit.ly/2i8kyql

January 16, 9 am-Noon
MLK Day of Service: Morcom Rose Garden
Morcom Rose Garden, 700 Jean St.
Volunteers will beautify the garden by weeding, pruning, mulching and composting. Bring garden gloves, a water bottle and sturdy shoes.
http://bit.ly/2i8es9u

January 16, 9 am-Noon
MLK Day of Service: Arroyo Viejo Park
Arroyo Viejo Park, 7701 Krause Ave.
Volunteer activities to include mulch for landscape maintenance, litter removal and graffiti abatement. Bring garden gloves, a water bottle and sturdy shoes.
http://bit.ly/2i6po4p

January 16, 9 am-12:30 pm
MLK Day of Service: Shepherd Canyon Park
Escher Gate, 5881 Escher Dr. (in meadows above soccer field in Shepherd Canyon Park)
Volunteer activities will include planting and sowing seeds for California native wildflowers and bunch grasses, making trail improvements and creating monarch butterfly habitat. We are transforming a former dump into a place of natural beauty. Great event for adults, students and families. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring
a water bottle, sturdy shoes, garden gloves and a shovel or hand trowel.
http://bit.ly/2isZV5O

January 16, 9 am-1pm
MLK Day of Service: Brookfield Elementary
Brookfield Elementary, 401 Jones Ave.
Volunteers will plant 50 trees and install garden boxes. Bring garden gloves, a water bottle and sturdy shoes.
http://bit.ly/2jsgTFE

January 16, 9 am-1pm
MLK Day of Service: Fruitvale
1001 Fruitvale Ave. at the corner of E. 10th St.
Join the group at the corner of Fruitvale and E. 10th Street for beautification efforts along International Boulevard. Volunteers will mulch, weed and clean up trash from the sidewalk and gutters. Coffee and refreshments provided. Great event for adults, students and families. Children must be accompanied by parents. All projects are taking place rain or shine! Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.
http://bit.ly/2i4eocg

January 16, 9 am-1 pm
MLK Day of Service: Peralta Hacienda
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, 2465 34th Ave.
Peralta Hacienda is partnering with Alternatives in Action at Life Academy and the City of Oakland for a full day of service to clean-up and beautify Peralta Hacienda Historical Park and Life Academy campus. Be part of a major community stewardship effort.
http://bit.ly/2jlLNM0 or 532-9142

January 16, 9 am-1pm
MLK Day of Service: Sobrante Park
Sobrante Park, 400 Capistrano Dr.
All 150 volunteer spots are filled for this event. Please check again at a later time in case there are cancellations. Volunteer activities will include landscaping, litter cleanup at Edes Ave. from 105th Ave. to Douglas Ave. Bring garden gloves, a water bottle and sturdy shoes.
http://bit.ly/2isYwMJ

January 16, 9 am-1 pm
MLK Day of Service: Oakland Animal Shelter
Oakland Animal Shelter, 1101 29th Ave.
Volunteers will renovate planter beds to transform this area into an enchanting sustainable garden. Bring garden gloves, a water bottle and sturdy shoes.
http://bit.ly/2iSKmaE

January 16, 10 am-2 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Cultural Rally
Warehouse Union Local 6, ILWU, 99 Hegenberger Rd.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Cultural Rally is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. This year’s theme is “Initiate Change Through Non-Violence & Education, and Justice, to Keep the Dream Alive.” Newly elected
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jennifer Madden will be the keynote speaker.
798-5535

January 16, 11 am-6 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Film Festival
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
Join AAMLO for its annual film festival honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Film screenings will include 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.
http://bit.ly/2iSZH9v or 637-0200