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


PRESS RELEASE 01/14/2009
Subject :

Palo Alto to Host 80th Birthday Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Contact : Kelly Morariu, Deputy City Manager    650-329-2452
Palo Alto, CA – The City of Palo Alto will team up with the King Institute at Stanford University and Youth Community Services to host a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Celebration: "Service for a Better Community." The event, at Palo Alto City Hall on Monday, January 19 at 2 p.m., will honor Dr. King, celebrate the voices of youth, recognize a weekend of community service projects from the previous weekend and send letters from local youth to President Obama. 

"Forty years after his death, Dr. King's words have the power to inspire our citizens to take action, stand up for the rights of others and get involved in community service," said Mayor Peter Drekmeier. “That Dr. King’s legacy lives on is a testament to the enduring truth of his courageous message of freedom and equality for all.” 

The event will feature a special musical performance by Talisman, Stanford's choral group. Speakers during the program will include: Judge LaDoris Cordell, Assembly Member Ira Ruskin, Mountain View Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga, East Palo Alto Vice Mayor David Woods, Menlo Park Vice Mayor Richard Cline, Palo Alto Council Member Yiaway Yeh, Palo Alto Mayor Peter Drekmeier and Palo Alto Youth Council President Angela Yang. The event will conclude with a special surprise. 

The celebration will be held in the Palo Alto Council Chambers and on King Plaza in front of City Hall at 250 Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto. The event is free and open to the public.