News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

City to Host Ceremony Recognizing Dedication of Civic Center Plaza as "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Plaza"
Contact : Kelly Morariu    650-329-2452

Palo Alto, CA – The City of Palo Alto, in partnership with the King Institute at Stanford University, will host a dedication ceremony on Monday, January 21, 2008 at 2 p.m., to recognize the renaming of Civic Center Plaza to the "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Plaza."


"The renaming of this plaza in front of City Hall, and just down the street from where the King papers are being studied at Stanford University, will honor the legacy of the Kings and all they did for our country," said Vice Mayor Peter Drekmeier. 

The event will feature performances by the Stanford Gospel Choir and the Eastside High School Choir (East Palo Alto).  Speakers include:  Clarence Jones, Dr. King’s attorney and draft speechwriter; Reverend Bob Olmstead, former Palo Alto minister and participant in the Selma marches with Dr. King; Roy Clay, former Palo Alto City Councilmember; Vice Mayor Peter Drekmeier; and former City Council member, LaDoris Cordell.  The event will conclude with the unveiling of the plaza dedication plaque.  The ceremony will be held on the plaza in front of City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto and is free and open to the public.