Martin Luther King Jr. Day events: Here’s what’s scheduled in the Bay Area

** FILE ** In this Aug. 28, 1963, file photo the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington, D.C. (AP Photo)

Bay Area residents will join others across the nation (and well beyond) in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 15. Here’s a look at some of the major events planned:

San Francisco:

The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation (NorcalMLK) hosts annual MLK celebrations in San Francisco. Events are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted). The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Urgency of Now.” For more information, visit sfmlkday.org.

MLK Day of Revelations – The daylong program, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., on Jan. 13 at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park includes complimentary admission to the exhibition “Revelations: Art from the African American South” as well as the museum’s permanent collections, plus gospel music (at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.), lectures, a screening of the film “In the Hour of Chaos: The Untold Story of Rev. Martin Luther King Sr.” (2:30 p.m.) and other activities.

MLK2018 March/Parade – It’s a 1.5-mile march that begins at 11 a.m. Jan. 15 at the Caltrain Station in downtown San Francisco and winds up at Yerba Buena Gardens. The event is held in honor of the famed Selma-to-Montgomery marches and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (sfmlkday.org)

MLK2018 Music Festival – Live music will be performed following the march/parade at Yerba Buena Gardens, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The King and Faith Lectures The Urgency of Now – Lecture series runs Jan. 13-Feb. 18 at multiple venues, mainly in San Francisco.

MLK Liberation Film Festival – Runs Jan. 14-15. The program includes screenings of “The Death of a King” at 10:30 a.m. and “Resilience” at noon Jan. 15 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The Black Comix Arts Festival – The three-day event (Jan. 13-15) is held at the San Francisco Public Library, City View at Metreon and other venues.

Beyond the NorcalMLK events – The Museum of the African Diaspora is offering free admission on Jan. 15 (www.moadsf.org); the Contemporary Jewish Museum hosts the family event “Dreaming a World in Story and Song” featuring stories and songs from a number of cultures (11:30 a.m.-12 noon, free with regular museum admission, www.thecjm.org/programs/278).

** FILE ** In this Aug. 28, 1963, file photo the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington, D.C. (AP Photo)

East Bay:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Oratorical Festival

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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