Find out how and where to celebrate Dr. King's legacy of equality, justice, and compassion in San Francisco.

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January 16, 2020

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy in San Francisco

Every year, San Francisco commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are plenty of events that allow visitors to live this year's celebration message, "The Time for Justice," in the city where everyone is always welcome.

Saturday, Jan. 18

Black & Brown Comix Art Festival

The Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival (BCAF) celebrates the creativity of people of color in the comic arts and popular visual culture. The three day event, hosted by the San Francisco Public Library and City View at Metreon, includes a grand expo, kids activities, film screenings, panels and conversations, cosplay events, and much more.

Sunday, Jan. 19

MLK Liberation Film Festival

On Sunday and Monday, the MLK Liberation Film Festival will screen both documentaries and short features by black artists and about the black experience at a number of venues across the city. Film screenings are free and will take place at the Yerba Buena Center Theater and Screening Room, and the Freedom Theater at the Museum of the African Diaspora.

Monday, Jan. 20

March and Parade

Beginning at 11 a.m., the annual march and parade, produced by the NorcalMLK Foundation, will begin at the Fourth and King streets Caltrain station and turn east to Third Street, proceeding north on Third Street to Yerba Buena Gardens. A number of speakers will remember both the vision and sacrifice of Dr. King.

MLK2020 Music Festival

Following the parade and remarks, a number of talented musical acts will take the stage in Yerbua Buena Gardens from 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., providing excellent live entertainment all afternoon. 

For more information about this year's celebration, visit the NorcalMLK Foundation website.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Most events are situated in and around Yerba Buena Gardens, site of San Francisco's memorial to Dr. King. It is the third largest such monument in the U.S. It includes photos from the Civil Rights movement and 12 panels inscribed with Dr. King’s words, including excerpts from his speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the march on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.

African American Freedom Trail

The San Francisco African American Freedom Trail tells how African-American pioneers locally changed the world. It's a great way to explore many of San Francisco's different neighborhoods on foot.

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