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Sat, 30 Dec 2017 19:45:00
Article by:
Sam Felsing
NorcalMLK's judicious reminder of Dr. King's vision of eliminating hate and injustice from our society. Photo via Google.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. To help honor the fallen civil rights leader, the Northern California Martin Luther King Jr. Community Foundation — NorCalMLK — will devote its entire year to programs and projects reflecting on society — its current state, its past, and where it is headed. NorCalMLK will begin its year of reflection by holding celebrations and events to commemorate the revered leader during the long weekend of Jan. 13-15.
    
The theme of the 2018 observance is “The Urgency of Now,” which is meant to highlight the unease and unfortunate rise of intolerance currently gripping the nation. Throughout the three-day weekend, residents and visitors will be treated to events featuring a lecture series contemplating Dr. King’s teachings; a “Black Comix Arts Festival” highlighting African Americans’ creativity in the comic and visual arts; and a “Liberation Film Festival” showcasing human-interest documentaries and short-format cinema.
    
On Jan. 15, Dr. King’s birthday, the city’s civic, community and political elite will gather for a traditional “Labor and Community Breakfast,” where they will honor Dr. King, as well as the labor and community groups who helped in the civil rights movement. They will also celebrate those who helped build San Francisco’s memorial to the slain civil rights leader.
    
Following the breakfast, there will be a 1.5-mile parade from the Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens, which the public is encouraged to participate in. Learn more about this year’s MLK birthday celebrations by going to sfmlkday.org/.

 
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