• The Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland is supporting three efforts worth noting.

    • Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King with the Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community Film Festival in participation with the King Institute at Stanford. Jan. 15-18 online.
    • 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Freedom Virtual Fundraiser - Virtual event on Monday, Jan 18 from 11 am – 12 pm. While technically a fundraiser for Allen Temple Health & Social Services, there is no cost to register. The event will include talks by Barbara Lee and others, as well as spoken word and musical performances.
    • Over winter break, youth leaders and staff participated in the Life and Legacy of Dr. King Bootcamp, studying Dr. King’s continuing relevance and enduringly effective concepts and practices. Compelling videos of student speakers can be seen on their Facebook page.

    The Higher Ground Neighborhood Development Corp in Oakland is hosting five service projects that include a community clean up, Edes Avenue beautification, Brookfield Elementary Greenway maintenance, Tyrone Kierny Park clean up, and a food giveaway. Each project will only last 2 hours depending on how much work there is to be done at each station. There will be a capacity of 10 people per group. CDC guidelines will be enforced. More information/register here.

    The Piedmont Anti-Racism and Diversity Committee is hosting a 24th Annual 2021 MLK Celebration: “Let Us Be Dissatisfied: Using Our Power to Bend the Arc.” This free online event will feature performances by traditional Native flutist Vince Redhouse and Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company. Speakers will include Congresswoman Barbara Lee; Stanford Professor and King Institute Director Clayborne Carson; and filmmaker and World Trust Founder Shakti Butler. More information here.

    The California African American Museum is hosting a series of online events on Monday, Jan 18 from 10 am to 3:30 pm to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day including musical, historical and cultural activities, and community. This year’s virtual festival highlights MLK’s dedication to labor and workers’ rights, and these movements’ continued importance today. Programs and activities for all ages. More information here.