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Martin Luther King, Jr. events in the bay area

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Fifty years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his inspiring work leading the civil rights movement. Bay area families have the opportunity to learn and to honor Dr. King on Monday with a variety of events throughout San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Rosa.

Sunday, January 19, 2014, 7pm
In The Name of Love, the 12th Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, CA, 94612
$23 advance, $25 at the door; Children 12 and under- $8

Martin Luther McCoy
Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra-premiering a new commission supported by EBCF
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Terrance Kelly, Director
Oakland Children’s Community Choir, Melanie DeMore, Director -backed up by Oaktown Jazz Workshops
Presentation of the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award by Mayor Jean Quan
Nikki Thomas, KBLX - Emcee
"This Sunday we are proud to present the premiere of new works by the great composer Marcus Shelby, performed by the Marcus Shelby Orchestra featuring Ms. Faye Carol, through a grant from the East Bay Community Foundation. We are also extremely excited to have 300 1st-3rd graders open the show, which is the culmination of our free music program for Title One Oakland elementary schools "the Oakland Children's Community Choir". Singer/Songwriter/Actor Martin Luther Mccoy will be performing, known for his stunning tenor voice and rendition of "My Guitar Gently Weeps" in the Beatles movie "Across the Universe" " -Stacey Hoffman, Executive Director, Living Jazz.

Santa Rosa
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 5:30-7:30 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration-free
Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, 1235 Mendocino Avenue

The Community Baptist Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Birthday Celebration at the Santa Rosa High School auditorium. The event features gospel songs by the Celebration Mass Choir, dance performances, middle and high school oratories, a children’s program, and of course a birthday cake.

San Francisco
Monday, January 20 2014, 11 am
2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade & Festival-free

The 2014 MLK March and Parade starts at the San Francisco Caltrain Station and ends up at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Gardens.

"The 1.5 mile march 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. At the conclusion of the March, an interfaith commemoration will bring together the region’s faith leaders to commemorate the vision of Dr. King and to lead participants in a spiritual reflection of Dr. King’s message."

Monday, January 20, 2014 - All Day
2014 MLK Day Liberation Film Festival-free
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts-701 Mission St, San Francisco & MoAd-685 Mission St, San Francisco

The Liberation Film Festival is "dedicated to bringing short-format cinema and human interest documentaries to the public through innovative programs designed to engage new and diverse audiences." They will be showing MLK inspired screenings throughout the day on a first come, first served basis at the YBCA and MoAD.

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