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January 13, 2021

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy in San Francisco (At Home)

Every year, San Francisco commemorates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Despite the limitations on public events right now, there are still ways you can celebrate. Take a look at these virtual events that let you celebrate in your own community or your own home, as well as some outdoor experiences available year-round.

All event times are local (Pacific time zone).

Thursday, Jan. 14

AfroFuturism: SF Poet Laureate Monthly Poem Jam

San Francisco's Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and special guests present an evening of poetry reading in celebration of African American literature. You can watch online for free, beginning at 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 15

Stanford University MLK Day Celebration

The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University will host a four-day online event, featuring documentaries, live musical performances and panel discussions covering a range of topics, from the history of the civil rights and anti-apartheid movements to James Baldwin and Martin Luther King Jr.’s global visions.

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Celebration

This year's annual event will be a virtual one, featuring live music, special recognition, and a salute to the late John Lewis. Register here. The event begins at noon.

Saturday, Jan. 16

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, includes all kinds of virtual fun.

Sunday, Jan. 17

King and Faith Speaker Series

Organizers of the annual NorCalMLK celebration are offering the virtual "King and Faith Speaker Series", in partnership with the East Bay's Graduate Theological Union. The series continues on Monday, Jan. 18 and Thursday, Jan. 21.

Sweet Honey in the Rock

The acclaimed a capella ensemble will perform two concerts this day, at noon and 5 p.m., featuring a number of special guests. Tickets are $15. 

Monday, Jan. 18

Celebration and Service with MoAD

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) will present a day of online programming that includes children’s story timy, a Civil Rights era photography exhibition, poetry readings, and art activities. Join the livestream beginning at 11:30 a.m.


These ongoing, outdoor experiences are available to you at all times. Follow public safety protocols such as wearing your masks and keeping a safe distance from other visitors. 

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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