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Local Celebration to Remember Martin Luther King, Jr.

Local 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 20. 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 information on the King Paper Project from Stanford University.

“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: Youth United for Community Action, Magical Bridge Foundation, Hidden Villa, and Reach and Teach. There will be entertainment performances by local groups including Raices de Mexico Folkloric Dance, and Menlo Atherton High School's Polynesian Club.

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 service projects such as making blankets for Ecumenical Hunger Program, face painting, and art projects like spray painting.

Last Updated: January 10, 2020