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Martin Luther King Jr. Day in S.F.

Martin Luther King Jr. at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., 1963. Photo: Rowland Scherman; COURTESY National Archives and Records Administration; wikimedia commons

Although martin luther King Day was established in the 1980s, it wasn’t until 1994 that it became known as a Day of Service, where we are encouraged to engage in service activities that bring us together as a community in ways that honor Dr. King’s life and teachings, and in response to his query: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

There are many ways to commemorate MLK’s birthday in San Francisco, most coordinated through NorcalMLK.org and scheduled throughout the month, with Yerba Buena Gardens as a hub: interfaith lectures, a liberation film festival, children’s programs, and more. There are also volunteer opportunities available in the Golden Gate National Parks and a celebration at SFJazz — check our calendar pages for some of the ways you can get out and make it “A Day On, Not a Day Off.”

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