SACRAMENTO – Sacramento is set to celebrate the life and legacy of late civil rights icon Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. with a number of local events. The national holiday observing Dr. King’s life is Monday, January 16.
Here are some of the local events scheduled commemorating Dr. King’s birthday:
• On Wednesday, January 11, the California Legislative Black Caucus will host the 2012 Civil Rights Leadership Awards Breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s lasting impact at 8:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, 300 J Street. Awardees include Congressman Merv Dymally, the California Black Health Network and Senator Teresa Hughes, who will be honored posthumously. Online registration is required. Log on to http:blackcaucus.legislature.ca.gov.
• From January 13-17, Hands On Sacramento expands its Day of Service Projects to a Weekend of Service and is seeking volunteers for several clean-up and improvement projects that benefit local neighborhoods, school campuses, community centers like the Roberts Family Development Center as well as help at area food banks and agencies that provide social services for those in need. To find a project still seeking volunteers, visit www.handsonsacto.org <http://www.handsonsacto.org> .
• Saturday, January 14, The Northern District Baptist Association hosts its annual Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.. The prayer breakfast will be held in Sacramento State’s University Union Ballroom, 6000 J Street. The guest speaker will be Maggie Anderson, CEO and founder of The Empowerment Experience. Cost is $29 for adults and $22 for children. To purchase tickets, call (916) 924-1534.
• On Saturday, January 14, the 13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, starting with registration and a no host bar at 5:00 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 6:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Intelligence Plus Character-The True Goal of Education.” The event will be held in the third floor ballroom. Former County Supervisor Grantland Johnson will receive the 2012 Robert T. Matsui Award. The guest speaker for the evening will be Herman Boone, the former head coach of T.C. Williams High School’s Football Team. Boone was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the film “Remember the Titans.” Tickets are $100 per person. For more information, contact Cathy Rodriguez at (916) 764-8785.
• On Sunday, January 15 Capital Christian Center pays tribute to Dr. King, calling him “a hero for all people in all times.” The church’s unique gathering of Sacramento area churches, community leaders and citizens is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Main Auditorium. The event features keynote speaker Luis Palau and a performance by the MLK Mass Choir. Capital Christian Center is located at 9470 Micron Avenue. For more information, call (916) 856-5683.
• On Monday, January 16, Sacramento joins thousands of cities across the country in celebrating the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its March and Celebration. March for the Dream start locations include the Oak Park Community Center, Grant High, and Sacramento City College; all culminate at the Sacramento Convention Center. Organizers are urging people to donate $10 to the march this year by texting the word “Dream” to 80077. For more information, call (916) 716-6737 or visit www.MLK365.org <http://www.MLK365.org> .
• On Monday, January 16, The Crocker Art Museum hosts an event titled “Lift Every Voice.” The event, in honor of the Dr. King holiday, invites the public to come out and enjoy performances by regional choirs and a screening of the PBS documentary “Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness,” which has sparked a national movement to highlight communities working to stop hate. A post-screening panel discussion will explore the issues raised by the film and the connections to the ideals of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Lift Every Voice” is set to run 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the museum being open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The Crocker is located at 216 O Street. For more information, call (916) 808-1184 or (916) 808-7000.
• On Monday, January 16, there will be an “Occupy the Dream” rally in Cesar Chavez Park, 10th and J streets in downtown Sacramento, following the citywide MLK365 march and celebration at the nearby Sacramento convention Center. In the spirit of Dr. King and the Poor People’s Campaign of 1967, the Occupy Sacramento movement will hold the rally, which will feature speakers and discussions on how the Occupy Movement carries on Dr. King’s dream to end poverty, war and all forms of racial and gender oppression. For more information, visit www.occupysac.org <http://www.occupysac.org> .
• On Monday, January 16, the Sacramento Metropolitan Choir of the Gospel Music Workshop of America presents its annual Gospel Concert in honor of Dr. King. The free concert will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 3565 9th Avenue. For more information, contact Dorothy Love Thornton at (916) 821-7020 or Shiloh at (916) 452-5052.
• On January 30, the Black United Fund of Sacramento Valley (BUFSV) and the Sacramento Area Black Caucus join together to reinforce Dr. King’s vision for an engaged community. They host a “Day of Service” to prepare clothing baskets for distribution to area homeless shelters. The group is seeking donations of new, unworn caps, scarves and gloves for children and adults. Volunteers are needed and encouraged to help from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the BUFSV Office, 4104 44th Street. For more information, contact Faye Kennedy, at (916)
By Genoa Barrow | Senior Staff Writer