Local events commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Volunteerism and remembrances mark birthday of civil-rights leader

Celebrations honoring civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. are set to begin Friday. Here is a list of events in the Palo Alto area.

King Institute open house: On Friday, Jan. 16, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University will host its annual open house and celebration of the civil-rights leader's life and work.

The event starts at noon and will highlight the institute's newest publication, "The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Volume VII 'To Save the Soul of America, January 1961 - August 1962,'" which documents King's early relationship with President John F. Kennedy and his efforts to remain relevant in an increasingly militant protest movement.

The event will also feature entertainment from 3 to 5 p.m. from acclaimed jazz pianist Tammy Hall and Stanford University alumna Jessica Anderson, a former member of the Stanford Gospel Choir and co-founder of the Afro-Fusion Jazz ensemble Chicago Collective. Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, professor emerita, author and activist, will be present to sign her new book, "Destiny's Child: Memoirs of a Preacher's Daughter," which traces 200 years of African-American history through Gibb's own family and personal story. She will also talk about her memories of dating King during the early 1950s when they were both students in Boston. For more infomration, visit

MLK Freedom Day: Heartbeat Earth and Silicon Valley Families are holding its MLK Freedom Day on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Onetta Harris Community Center, 100 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park. The event, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, Youth Community Service, Reach and Teach and PAN African City Alive, will feature games, expressive art and guest speakers. Entrance is free, but a $5 donation to benefit Youth Community Service, an organization that offers students ways to get involved in the community, is suggested. For more information, visit

Day of service: Join the nonprofit Youth Community Service and the City of Palo Alto Recreation Department for a community-wide day of service as part of a nationwide event to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The event will take place on Monday, Jan. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.

Freedom Train: Caltrain will run the annual chartered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Train on Monday, Jan. 19, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil-rights leader's march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The train is chartered by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley and will depart from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station at 9:45 a.m. and will travel to the San Francisco Caltrain Station. There is no special southbound service, but Freedom Train tickets will be accepted on southbound trains departing San Francisco after 1 p.m. that day. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley here.

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Posted by Mary Ann MIchel
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 15, 2015 at 10:50 am

Martin Luther King Jr Celebration
Sunday January 18, 3 pm First United Methodist Church
Admisssion Free
Cosponsored by The Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr. Community and Interfaith Celebration Committee, Peninsula Bay Chapter of Links Inc and others.
Guest Speaker: Jeff Steinberg Founder of Sojourn to the Past
Performers: Students from Eastside College Prep Sch and Costa Elementary school

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Posted by Neighbors Helping Neighbors
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

Monday Jan 19th, – Mitzvah Day
Join hundreds of your neighbors for a community-wide day of “tikkun olam” (“repair of the world”) as part of a nationwide day of service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
• Open to all ages!
• Featuring projects for individuals & families!

Come on your own or with your family and friends! We look forward to working with you to promote Dr. King’s legacy of tolerance, peace, and equality and increase our community’s commitment to service & justice. This fun and inspirational day will leave you feeling accomplished and energized!

( ) 7:00am – 9:00am
( ) 8:30am – 10:30am ( ) 12:30 pm – 2:30pm
( ) 10:30 am – 12:30pm ( ) 2:30pm – 4:30 pm

NHN Volunteer roles; Greeters, Baggers, Grocery Runners and more…. All tasks assigned by physical limitations and age appropriate. NHN volunteers will gather at the Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ tabletop in the
Phone 650-283-0270

Volunteers needed for special projects. All ages welcome. Canned & Pkg’d foods appreciated. Ask for our “Food Wish List”.

LOCATION: Oshman Family JCC Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 223-8700 |
Parking Garage parking is free for OFJCC members and guests.
Locked bicycle parking is also available.

More NHN Opportunities:

Grocery Bagging - Friday, Jan. 23rd
2:30 - 4pm () 3:30 - 5pm () 4:00 - 6pm ()

Middlefield Meadows Condo Owners Club House
Mountain View, Ca

Please RSVP,

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Posted by Paul George
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 15, 2015 at 11:27 am

Tonight @ 7:30 PM!

From Freedom Summer to #ICantBreathe

In Commemoration of Martin Luther King's Birthday

Film: FREEDOM SUMMER (2014 - Recently nominated for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary)


JUDGE LEONARD EDWARDS - Freedom Summer participant in 1964 / Retired SUpeiror Court Judge

MANNY THOMPSON - Stanford Student Organizer for Silicon Shutdown #BlackLivesMatter

Thursday, January 15, 7:30 PM
Fellowship Hall, First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave, Palo Alto
FREE - Wheelchair accessible - Contributions will be requested

Sponsored by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center & United Nations Association Film Festival

Web Link

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