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Mayor Lee Celebrates San Francisco MLK Day of Service
Citywide Events Provide Volunteering Opportunities to Celebrate Civil Rights & Community Service
Posted Date: 1/16/2013

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced San Francisco events to celebrate the National Day of Service, President Barack Obama’s call for Americans to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the holiday weekend celebrating his birthday as a way to get involved in the community and support diverse neighborhoods of San Francisco.

“As we celebrate the tremendous leadership of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and the second term inauguration of our first African American President, I call on the residents of San Francisco to consider volunteering their time as a way to recognize and honor the memory of Dr. King and to celebrate this historic day,” said Mayor Lee.

MLK Day of Service 2013 Events & Volunteering Opportunities
Monday, January 21, 2013

SF Labor Council - Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Breakfast Celebration
8:00 am
West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore Street at Eddy

Annual breakfast celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, tribute to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for its contribution of $250,000 to the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center rebuild, celebration of youth essay contest winners, and special live presentation of the swearing in ceremony of President Barack Obama. Please note this is a ticketed event and almost sold out. Immediately following the breakfast, the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation will provide shuttle buses to the San Francisco Caltrain Station for the MLK March and Parade to Yerba Buena Gardens. For more information, go to: http://sflaborcouncil.org/

2013 MLK Celebration Festival: The Dream & 50 Years Later
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street
Continuing the great tradition of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebrations in San Francisco, the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation serves as annual host of the region’s premier celebration events. Thousands of celebrants will come together for a full day of exciting programs, festivals and activities in honor of Dr. King. And, through multi-platform media outlets via broadcast, print, online and social, MLK2013 will extend to over six million regional residents as well as national and international audiences. For more information, go to: http://norcalmlkfoundation.org/

2013 MLK March and Parade
11:00 am (arrive early)
San Francisco Caltrain Station, 4th and Townsend Streets, to Yerba Buena Gardens

The 1.5 mile march crosses over Lefty O’Doul Bridge and stops at Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park to commemorate the Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, marches, which crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a symbol of violence and victory in the civil rights era.

2013 MLK Third Annual Interfaith Commemoration Ceremony
Yerba Buena Gardens, 701 Mission Street
The Third Annual Interfaith Commemoration Ceremony commences once the March/Parade arrives at Yerba Buena Gardens. As this year’s observance coincides with the Second Inauguration of our nation’s first African American President Barak Obama, spiritual leaders from a host of faith traditions will offer prayers remembering both the vision and sacrifice of Dr. King, and for President Obama. Special honor and recognition will be paid to four civil rights activists – Lenora Bryant, Eugene Boyle, Judge Edward Stern and Rabbi David Teitelbaum.

Third Annual MLK Day of Service “Faith In America’s Future”
8:00 am to 2:00 pm
African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street
Supervisor London Breed, the African American Art & Culture Complex and Mo’ Magic host a special moment in time, and screen the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in the theater for all to enjoy right before going out to serve the community. Doors will open at 8:00 am for the viewing of President Obama’s swearing in. Volunteer registration begins on-site at 9:30 am. Volunteering will begin at 10:15 am with lunch provided at 12:30 pm. Volunteer opportunities include garden projects, clean-up in parks and streets, letters to the President, letters to seniors and veterans, and many more. For more information, go to: http://www.aaacc.org/complex-special-events.php  

Live Broadcast of President Obama's Inauguration and Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre, 4705 3rd Street

The Bayview Opera House (BVOH) cordially invites our Bayview Hunters Point neighbors and the greater San Francisco community to come out and support President Barack Obama’s “Faith in America’s Future” inaugural address, as well as pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. Watch historical footage, explore the Slavery exhibit by historian Bill Doggett and support Dare 2 Dream ARTS efforts by enjoying a healthy lunch from the BVOH Cafe. For more information, go to: http://www.bvoh.org 

MLK Day of Service 2013 in Golden Gate National Parks
Volunteer in the Golden Gate National Parks and help grow and restore these cherished national parklands. It’s fun, it’s healthy, and it makes a difference – the perfect way to pitch in on a momentous day. Bring the whole family and friends. Individuals and groups of all ages are welcome. The Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program is a cooperative parkwide effort of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust. Register and find more information, go to: http://www.parksconservancy.org/events/volunteer-events/special-events/mlk-day-of-service.html