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Celebration to Remember Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebration to Remember Martin Luther King, Jr.

The City of Palo Alto and Youth Community Service will hold a celebration event to pay tribute to the life and legacy of late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 21.  Each year, the national holiday in honor of King’s birthday serves as a day to honor his dream to have an inclusive community, with justice and equality for all.

A series of activities are scheduled to take place at the Mitchell Park Community Center from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. that include guest speakers, local organizations, activities for youth and teens, music and dance performances, and a legacy exhibition displaying different periods of the civil rights movement.

“Through the interactive activities, attendees will have the opportunity to celebrate diversity and equity, while learning about Dr. King’s non-violent civil rights activism that took place in the 60’s,” said Leif Erickson, Youth Community Service Executive Director.

Among the organizations participating in this year’s event: Project Safety Net, LGBTQ Youth Space, There with Care, Collective Roots, and Reach and Teach. There will be entertainment performances by Dance Connection, Raices de Mexico Folkloric Dance, and music by Isaiah Phillips and his band.

Young people and their families are invited to participate in this lively celebration and learn about ways they can serve their community, in the spirit of MLK's teachings.

Other activities will include face painting, art projects that include making activist posters, spray painting, and creating care packages for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. 

Last Updated: January 10, 2019