Commemorate MLK Day in the South Bay

The nation will honor Martin Luther King, Jr. this upcoming Monday, January 16. Looking to attend a special event to commemorate his legacy? This weekend’s calendar is packed with community service, social justice, and educational programs and events throughout Santa Clara County.

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Stop the Violence Reception
Saturday, January 14 from 4pm-6pm, 6pm-8:30pm
Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave, San Jose

The Parti Program’s 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Stop the Violence reception is a student-led event to support youth equity and violence prevention in Santa Clara County. The event will feature Youth Leadership Training and a VIP reception, fashion show, and talent show. The main event will take place from 4pm to 6pm, followed by a youth event from 6pm to 8:30pm. Learn more here. Tickets and donates can be purchased here.

MLK2023 Commemorative Transportation
Monday, January 16
Locations vary

Each year the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation partners with local and regional transportation agencies to provide transportation to and from commemorative events on MLK Day. Participating transit agencies this year include Caltrain, BART, Muni, and Golden Gate Ferry. Learn more here.

Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon
Monday, January 16 from 12pm-2pm
Holiday Inn, 1350 North 1st St, San Jose

The African American Community Service Agency will host its 43rd annual MLK luncheon on Monday. The event will feature political strategist, former CNN commentator, and author Symone D. Sanders as the keynote speaker, accompanied by performances from Prentice Powell and Victoria Thuy Vi McDowell. Applications to be a sponsor or vendor for the event are still open. Learn more about the event here.

“The Dream of a King” Storytime
Monday, January 16 from 10:30am-11:15am, 11:30am-12:15pm, 2pm-2:45pm
Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose

Storyteller Diane Ferlatte will bring to life the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “The Dream of a King” tells his legacy through tales of history, culture, and music with the help of musician Erik Pearson. Reserve your spot here.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Mitzvah Day
January 15- 16 from 9:30am-2pm
Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills – Locations vary

The Oshman Family Community Center is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inspirational legacy with a day of service filled with varying fun and meaningful projects. Events will be hosted on both Sunday and Monday, with multiple locations and projects to choose from. Check out the schedule and register here.

I Have a Dream Virtual Race
Throughout month of January

Moon Joggers is celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. with their third annual “I Have a Dream” virtual race. 1mi, 5K, 10K, 13.1mi, and 26.2mi virtual run events are available throughout the month of January. Runners will receive a limited-edition medal with their registration. A portion of every registration fee will be donated to the Equal Justice Initiative. Sign up here.