Bay Area Events Recognize the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reflect on and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at one of these Bay Area events on and around January 21, the day we observe the birthday of the 20th century's most influential civil rights leader.

“Youth Speaks: Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” at the Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly Nourse Theater) on January 21

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Social justice and liberation, poetry and power from the mouths of young people converge in Youth Speaks’ annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday.  See details.

“The Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival” at the SFPL and CityView Metreon, January 19-21

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BCAF highlights the diversity in the comic arts and popular visual culture while celebrating the artistic creativity of people of color. A partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, BCAF is a festival of the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation and is part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrations in San Francisco. In 2015 USA Today's editors and readers selected BCAF as one of the ten best art festivals in the U.S.  Learn more.

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“Beyond the Dream: King Speaks Out Against Poverty” at Veterans' Hall/Piedmont on January 21

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Piedmont's 22nd MLK Day Celebration honors King's anti-poverty legacy and will feature local performances and speakers including The Black Sheroes of Young Gifted and Black, Oakland Jazz Workshops, Together We Slam of Piedmont High School, the Oakland Interfaith Choir, and Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Leila Mottley.  See more here.


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