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 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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