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Peter Hartlaub May 13, 2014 Updated: May 16, 2014 (SFChronicle.com)
They were all piled in Dick Beahrs’ dad’s big yellow Pontiac, like a bunch of kids going to a drive-in movie.
UC Berkeley undergrad Terry Myers was behind the wheel during the May 17, 1967, journey from San Francisco to the Cal campus. Another student sat wedged in the middle of the bench-style front seat, with three others in back. In the passenger seat was Martin Luther King Jr.
“My memory was that he spoke in person as he preached, and that his answers were long and thoughtful,” said Myers, who doesn’t recall the topics covered. “I was more concerned about finding our way from the hotel to the Bay Bridge.”
Forty-seven years ago Saturday, King made his last large-scale public address in the Bay Area, an antiwar speech in front of 7,000 in Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley. The mainstream media paid little attention to the May 17, 1967, event – San Francisco Chronicle coverage amounted to just a few paragraphs on Page 8.
But photo negatives found in the Chronicle archives, untouched for decades, tell a much bigger story. Students sat shoulder to shoulder in the large open space and perched on rooflike overhangs that rimmed the plaza. The audience was rapt, with all eyes fixed on the speaker. And there’s a mystery: In dozens of photos where hundreds of faces are visible, there are almost no African Americans. In the audience near the podium, just one black person appears – likely an aide or friend who came with King.
Using crowdsourcing techniques and social media, The Chronicle tracked down several of the students who appear in the 1967 photos. What emerged is a story that reflects the volatile times and shows how King’s legacy continued in the people he touched.More local news
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The process of booking King was remarkably informal. School administrators weren’t involved, and a fee never came up.
Beahrs was president of the Interfraternity Council, which had sponsored a civil rights speaker series that included Robert F. Kennedy and Stokely Carmichael. Beahrs said important help came from Thelton Henderson, a Boalt Hall law school graduate who knew King from his days as a Justice Department attorney.
Henderson wrote a 1966 letter to King urging him to visit Berkeley. Beahrs and Myers approached the leader’s staff in February 1967, after he spoke and had brunch at the Macedonia Baptist Church in San Francisco.
“With all the speeches we had, we never gave a penny to anybody. I don’t think we gave a plane ticket,” said Beahrs, now a retired television media executive. “To my recollection, the only one who asked (for compensation) was Barry Goldwater.”
Students drove King to and from the speech, with Daily Californian editorial page editor Karlyn Barker interviewing King on the way to Berkeley. Beahrs and his new girlfriend (and future wife), Carolyn, drove King back to San Francisco. Both ways, King had a single chaperone.
“It was incredibly informal. That was the thing that was wildly striking,” Beahrs said. “There was no security of any kind. We drove in my car. He was very easy to talk to – there was no pretense or preconceptions.”
After pulling up to Sproul Plaza, the images captured by Chronicle photographer Art Frisch show King walking through a grove of trees, smiling broadly on the way to the podium on the Sproul Hall steps. It was a sunny 76 degrees – many students wore sunglasses and short-sleeved shirts.
The Summer of Love was just 35 days away, but the crowd was remarkably clean-cut. Beahrs and other campus leaders seated near King wore suits and conservative haircuts. The hairstyles in the audience ranged from military cuts to “Sgt. Pepper”-era Ringo Starr.
Jeff and Tina Kroot, both captured by The Chronicle, had been married a year when King came to Berkeley. Jeff was directly to the left of the podium, taking photos. Speaking about the event now during an interview at his San Anselmo architecture studio, where both work, the couple finish each other’s sentences.
Jeff: “One thing that I think is so interesting about that picture is how straight and manicured everyone is …”
Tina: “… we looked so sweet. Everybody said, ‘Those awful Berkeley students.’ The students …”
Jeff. “… the students were demonized. But to be there you had to work really hard at school. You were studying all the time …”
UC Berkeley hosted many memorable rallies around that time, including a 1966 Robert F. Kennedy speech at the Greek Theatre. Sproul Plaza had been the site of contentious free speech movement demonstrations. But the scene at King’s address was remarkable even by 1960s Berkeley standards.
Students sat on the roofs, feet dangling over the sides. Closer to the stage, more than a hundred students carried homemade “King Spock ’68” signs, optimistically hoping for a presidential ticket with pediatrician and antiwar activist Benjamin Spock.
“I remember being struck by the massive crowd,” Beahrs said. “And the students sitting up there on all the perches.”
The speech came a month after King had shifted his focus to an antiwar stance. In addition to conservatives, King also received heavy criticism from the left-leaning side of his base. The NAACP released a statement a month before the Berkeley speech, calling King’s attempts to merge the civil rights and peace movements a “serious tactical mistake.”
King was unwavering, telling the Berkeley crowd Vietnam was “a mad adventure” and a “tragic, unjust and evil war.”
“It costs $500,000 to kill every enemy soldier while we spend only $53 a year for every poor person,” King told the crowd. “We seem more concerned with winning an unwinnable war in Vietnam than in winning the war against poverty right here at home.”
Missing King’s oratory were most if not all of the 200 or so black students enrolled at UC Berkeley. The Afro-American Student Union had quietly boycotted the speech.
Before King headed back to San Francisco, he had one more stop to make. The Nobel Prize winner weaved through the crowd, his head often disappearing in the sea of bodies.
A large group of African American students was waiting for King in the Alumni House. Johnathan Rodgers, who was there, recalls there were two issues that led to the boycott.
One was the feeling that black students were left out of campus politics and had no role in the recruitment of King as a speaker. They were also rankled by King’s apparent shift from a civil rights focus to poverty and the war – seen by some as abandoning the “dream” before integration was complete.
Rodgers said the leader listened to their concerns, and the students respected King.
“Kids say stuff, young people say and do stuff to call attention to themselves. But clearly the honor was still there. We essentially were holding our breath and saying ‘Notice us. We mean something,’ ” said Rodgers, a television executive who later helped start TV One. “And it was a true blessing on both the administration’s part to arrange the meeting, and his part to come and just be as gracious as he was.”
“And our part for accepting that and not just being aggressive for the point of being aggressive.” Beahrs remembers King, who during his speech had called Berkeley “the conscience of the academic community in the nation,” left that room shaken.
“King came out of the meeting with the black students upset. Very upset,” Beahrs said. “He felt like they were polarized. Like they didn’t have an investment in the university.”
King’s schedule was too tight to speak with Barker on the sidewalk after the San Francisco speech, so he surprised the reporter with an invitation to squeeze into the car headed to Berkeley. Barker’s story the next day shows King displaying a personal side around the young students. An excerpt: “Speaking gravely of his dual commitment to the causes of peace and civil rights, King showed the strain of his busy schedule. ‘It’s never just a couple of weeks,’ he lamented. ‘It’s every week. If I could just get a little break.’
‘Every year I put something on the calendar called a vacation,’ the Negro leader confided wishfully, ‘and every year I never get to take it.’ “
King sat up front in the car, with Barker sitting behind Myers. Barker recalls a Harper’s Magazine writer was in the car as well. She set the goal of asking a question good enough to make the Harper’s reporter pull out his notebook and write down the response. (He did.)
“I remember one more thing clearly,” said Barker, who later had a career at the Washington Post. “We got there, and King got out of the car. When he crossed the street, he almost got hit by a car. It was scary …”
Barker’s interview was one of three articles about the speech in the Daily Californian; of the other local papers, only the Berkeley Gazette put a King article on the front page. The Chronicle, prone to sensational headlines during the era of editor Scott Newhall, led the front page with a salacious story about life in a hippie commune. The bulk of the Page 8 King story covered his Commonwealth Club appearance earlier in the day.
The boycott by the Afro-American Student Union went unmentioned, referenced only in a Daily Californian letter to the editor a week later, from a white student complaining that he was asked to leave the meeting. King returned to the Bay Area at least one more time, in August 1967, speaking in San Francisco to a much smaller group of black real estate professionals.
When King was killed on April 4, 1968, protests and memorials emerged all over the Bay Area, including almost every campus. But the Sproul Plaza gathering that day was remarkable. Classes were suspended at 11 a.m., and a reported 4,000 students listened as the Campanile chimes played hymns.
A silent vigil was interrupted at the 45-minute mark, when a black student shouted “I’m going to break this silence. … Black students must arm!”
After a few protests from the crowd, another young black man wordlessly approached the dissenter, put his arm on his shoulder, and they walked off. “And at the end,” the Chronicle article reported, “while the throng sang ‘We Shall Overcome,’ a student placed a white floral wreath at the spot on the steps where Dr. King had stood last spring.”
Most of the students interviewed said the times, if not King’s appearance at Berkeley, changed them profoundly. Dick Beahrs said the speech solidified what had been a wavering stance on the Vietnam War.
“I’ll never forget King’s speech – it knocked me off the fence completely,” he says. “That had never happened before. I came from a conservative background.”
All of the former students interviewed went on to careers and lives that included innovation or service.
Barker went on to become editor of the Daily Californian and had a long career at the Post. Rodgers became an influential figure in cable television, working for CBS and Discovery Networks before overseeing the launch of cable channel TV One, which aims for a heavy black demographic.
Jeff Kroot, who also took historic photos of activist San Jose State track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos, has served several terms on the San Anselmo City Council.
Myers worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Kenya, East Pakistan and other countries, and teaches at the National War College.
Dick Beahrs, who was elected student body president later that year and was a longtime media executive at Time Warner, became interested in global resources during a trip to Africa with wife Carolyn in 1971. They later funded the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program and are actively involved with UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources.
The Beahrses were visiting Myers in Senegal in 1991, and they all ran into Coretta Scott King at the Dakar airport.
“We had our four children,” Dick Beahrs said. “We went up and introduced ourselves to her. We told her how much the speech meant to us.”
Quotes from King’s speech at Berkeley appear etched in the wall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. The speech is still a topic among alumni, always good for a rich discussion when it’s brought up on social media and message boards.
Jeff Kroot says many Berkeley students were still in a period of transition, being raised in conservative families who supported the Vietnam War. Just three years earlier, Kroot had campaigned for Lyndon Johnson. For that generation of students, King was the right voice at the right time. “He was talking almost about a higher morality. It was a powerful thing,” said Kroot, who still has the photos he took of King. “On a deep level, I would respond to him. I viewed him as a great leader and a grown-up that was speaking the truth.”
Peter Hartlaub is The San Francisco Chronicle’s culture critic. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @PeterHartlaubFifth & Mission
Peter Hartlaub is The San Francisco Chronicle’s culture critic and co-host of Total SF. The Bay Area native, a former Chronicle paperboy, has worked at The Chronicle since 2000. He covers Bay Area culture, hosts the Total SF podcast and writes the archive-based Our San Francisco local history column. Hartlaub and columnist Heather Knight co-created the Total SF project and event series, engaging with locals to explore and find new ways to celebrate San Francisco.VIEW COMMENTSTop of the News
Joe Garofoli Jan. 16, 2022 (SFChronicle.com)
The California Nurses Association didn’t just endorse Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018; the powerful union drove a giant red bus around the state with Newsom’s face plastered on the side of it.
Written underneath: “Nurses Trust Newsom. He shares our values and fights for our patients.”
Now, though, the nurses union is ready to throw Newsom under the bus.
Six months before Newsom appears on the primary ballot seeking re-election, a top nurses union organizer just called him a flip-flopper. Another top union leader told me that Newsom is “at war” with their top priority.
Why? It’s all about single-payer health care — the nurses’ foundational issue. A bill creating a single-payer system, AB1400, is moving through the Legislature after getting delayed last year, and so far the governor has been uncharacteristically silent about it.
That’s a change. Newsom earned the union’s endorsement largely because he openly and loudly — as only he can — supported single payer. The nurses were thrilled, as not a lot of governors had made such a pledge, let alone one leading the world’s fifth-largest economy. If California were to adopt single payer, “the rest of the country will follow,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, its leading national advocate, predicted back in 2017.
Please call on California Speaker @Rendon63rd to reverse his decision & let the Assembly VOTE on SB 562 – the single-payer health care bill! pic.twitter.com/FsGGxZ7Tmp— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 24, 2017
Not only did the nurses’ endorsement bolster Newsom’s credibility among California progressives, but his stance set him apart from his top 2018 Democratic rival, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who had accused Newsom of “selling snake oil” for supporting single payer without identifying a funding source.
Newsom fired back, to the nurses’ delight.
“I’m tired of politicians saying they support single payer but that it’s too soon, too expensive or someone else’s problem,” Newsom tweeted in September 2017.
I’m tired of politicians saying they support single payer but that it’s too soon, too expensive or someone else’s problem.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 22, 2017
But last week, union leaders said Newsom did just that.
When Newsom rolled out his state budget, it included a plan to extend health benefits to low-income undocumented residents of all ages — long a desire of progressives. Newsom touted that California would be “the first state in the country to achieve universal access to health coverage.”
Universal access to coverage is great, the nurses agreed, and the proposal is expected to fly through the Democratic supermajority in the Legislature. Advocates point out, however, that access to health care is not a single-payer health care system that covers every Californian. A single-payer system would include no co-payments, and no health insurance companies. (But yes, higher taxes.)
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“The ideal system is a single-payer system,” Newsom responded during his budget rollout. “In the meantime, I’m doing what I said I was going to do, and that’s advance the cause of universal health care.”
But that’s not what Newsom promised, nurses union organizer Alyssa Kang told single-payer activists on a conference call last week.
“So we want to be absolutely clear: This is a flip-flop from a governor who said … ‘I’m tired of politicians saying they support single payer but that it’s too soon, too expensive or someone else’s problem,’” Kang said. “This is absolutely unacceptable, and he cannot be allowed to have it both ways.”
Stephanie Roberson, the government relations director for the California Nurses Association, told me she “can’t even put into words the deep disappointment.”
“This is this is a shot across the bow to single payer, in my opinion,” Roberson said. “He is at war with single payer.”
Roberson emphasized that the union is “200 percent” in support of Newsom’s proposal to extend health insurance to every Californian. But she also said it helps him politically delay addressing single payer.
“It is cover for him to not cash in on his campaign promise,” Roberson said. “It is an about-face to the movement.”
A brief reminder about the nurses union. You don’t want to be their adversary. Ask former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and wannabe governor and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.
When few others would take on the popular movie action star on early in his first term, the nurses union dogged Schwarzenegger with 107 demonstrations within a year, kneecapping his sky-high approval rating. Similarly, they torpedoed Whitman’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Nurses ridiculed the billionaire by following her around California with a pearl-draped actress dressed as “Queen Meg” riding in a horse-drawn chariot.
Of course, those two were Republicans, and Democrat Newsom has been a longtime friend and partner of the nurses. Advocates know that the single-payer movement needs Newsom’s support to make this transformative change happen, because there is a long, arduous legislative and political slog ahead.
Not only does AB1400 have to make it through the Legislature, but so does a companion piece of legislation, ACA11, which would create the funding mechanism to generate the billions in new taxes to finance the new system — which, as everybody including the advocates know, is what gives voters pause.
Single-payer opponents are already lining up. The California Chamber of Commerce put single payer on its annual “job killer” legislation list before January was half over. One GOP consultant told me that loathing of single payer will help Republican House candidates facing tough re-election campaigns this fall get their voters out — even though it is a state issue.
Prepare for many months of single-payer sparring. Assembly Member Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, the bill’s author, told me that the tax measure to fund single payer probably wouldn’t be before voters until November 2024, which Democrats are hoping would be a friendlier electorate in a presidential election year.
He’s ready. Insiders tell me that Kalra gets high marks for patiently playing the long game here.
He spent months courting Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Los Angeles, who drew the nurses’ ire in 2017 when he tabled a previous attempt at single payer, calling it “wholly incomplete.” Kalra also spent time with Assembly Member Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg. One early victory: The Wood-chaired Assembly Health Committee passed the measure last week. This week, it goes before the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
#SinglePayer covers pre-existing backstabs. Let’s tell @Rendon63rd to pull the knife out:
916-319-2063#SB562 #SundayMorning pic.twitter.com/NGDh2sg9ya— RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnnDeMoro) June 25, 2017
Newsom’s backing could smooth an arduous legislative path. The challenge for single-payer advocates: What political leverage do they have over a governor who appears likely to coast to re-election? Not only does Newsom not have a big-name Republican opponent yet, he doesn’t have a Democrat challenger whom single-payers advocates could rally behind.
Only one thing could get Newsom to announce his support of AB1400: if the Legislature passes it and puts it on his desk.
“Ultimately, single-payer health care is going to happen because of a movement, not because of an individual — whether that person is an Assembly member or a governor,” Kalra told me. “The people are going to have to demand it.”
Kalra chooses his words carefully. He knows Newsom’s support is essential.
“I don’t benefit, and the movement and this bill and what I’m trying to do doesn’t benefit by condemning other people,” Kalra said. “I believe that if we get legislation through the Legislature, and bring it before the governor, that’ll be his moment to look in the mirror and decide why he serves. I do that every day.”
Joe Garofoli is the San Francisco Chronicle’s senior political writer, covering national and state politics. He has worked at The Chronicle since 2000 and in Bay Area journalism since 1992, when he left the Milwaukee Journal. He is the host of “It’s All Political,” The Chronicle’s political podcast. Catch it here: bit.ly/2LSAUjA
He has won numerous awards and covered everything from fashion to the Jeffrey Dahmer serial killings to two Olympic Games to his own vasectomy – which he discussed on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” after being told he couldn’t say the word “balls” on the air. He regularly appears on Bay Area radio and TV talking politics and is available to entertain at bar mitzvahs and First Communions. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and a proud native of Pittsburgh. Go Steelers!
The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet
A renowned climate scientist shows how fossil fuel companies have waged a thirty-year campaign to deflect blame and responsibility and delay action on climate change, and offers a battle plan for how we can save the planet.
Recycle. Fly less. Eat less meat. These are some of the ways that we’ve been told can slow climate change. But the inordinate emphasis on individual behavior is the result of a marketing campaign that has succeeded in placing the responsibility for fixing climate change squarely on the shoulders of individuals.
Fossil fuel companies have followed the example of other industries deflecting blame (think “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”) or greenwashing (think of the beverage industry’s “Crying Indian” commercials of the 1970s). Meanwhile, they’ve blocked efforts to regulate or price carbon emissions, run PR campaigns aimed at discrediting viable alternatives, and have abdicated their responsibility in fixing the problem they’ve created. The result has been disastrous for our planet.
In The New Climate War, Mann argues that all is not lost. He draws the battle lines between the people and the polluters-fossil fuel companies, right-wing plutocrats, and petrostates. And he outlines a plan for forcing our governments and corporations to wake up and make real change, including:
A common-sense, attainable approach to carbon pricing- and a revision of the well-intentioned but flawed currently proposed version of the Green New Deal;
Allowing renewable energy to compete fairly against fossil fuels
Debunking the false narratives and arguments that have worked their way into the climate debate and driven a wedge between even those who support climate change solutions
Combatting climate doomism and despair-mongering
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In a normal year, the Bay Area plays host to many special events and marches to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader and Georgia-born minister who became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace prize at 35. The national holiday, which takes place on the third Monday of January each year, serves as a day of remembrance for King, who was killed in Memphis in 1968. This year, the holiday falls on Monday, Jan. 18.
As the nation grapples with unrest in the midst of the pandemic and political transitions of power, organizations across our region and beyond are offering virtual events, volunteer opportunities and other ways for people of all ages to observe the holiday safely this year.
Here are some resources to help you celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2021.
MLK Day Walk of Dreams on the Richmond Greenway
The Watershed Project plans to create a community installation to celebrate East Bay environmental justice heroes. Take part by writing anything from a word to a sentence that conveys your dreams for Richmond on an online “Walk of Dreams Board.” The project will transcribe these sentiments onto fabric swatches and add them to the “living sculptures” located along the Richmond Greenway. If you live near or visit the Greenway, you can write your dream on a blank piece of fabric, which will be on the sculptures and available to view starting Jan. 16.
Jan. 4-31, available to view in person starting on Jan. 16. Free. bit.ly/3oa5CaO
NorCalMLK Virtual Celebration 2021
Though the march and in-person events of the annual NorCalMLK celebration will not be happening this year, organizers have pivoted to a series of online offerings that include a “King and Faith Speaker Series” Jan. 17, 18 and 21. In partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, the annual Black and Brown Comix Arts Festival celebrates works by people of color in popular visual culture with programs and activities for all ages from Jan. 16 to 18. More featured online programming will include a health and wellness festival from Jan. 16 to18; the “MLK2021 Music Festival,” presented in partnership with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, on Jan. 18, and more.
Jan. 11-21. Free. sfmlkday.org
AfroFuturism: SF Poet Laureate Monthly Poem Jam
S.F. Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and special guests present an evening of poetry reading in celebration of African American literature, featuring works by Ishmael Reed, Staajabu, Devorah Major, Tureeda Mikell, Avotcja and Dr. Glenn Parris. A viewing will be available on YouTube.
6 p.m. Jan. 14. Free. bit.ly/3hI2512
‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ webinar and documentary film festival
The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University plans to host a four-day online event. The festival will feature more than 15 documentaries as well as 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.
The event will also introduce the World House Project, which is a new initiative of the King Institute in partnership with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford.
Jan. 15-18. Free. 650-723-2092. kinginstitute.stanford.edu
OaklandMLK 40 Days of Service
Oakland residents are encouraged to take action locally, keeping neighborhoods, local parks and waterways clean by picking up litter, reporting illegal dumping and pledging to practice environmental conservation actions at home. The city of Oakland offers a list of resources and suggested acts of service on its website.
Jan. 15-Feb 28. Free. bit.ly/3rXdsH5
The Dharma of Kingian Nonviolence: Dr. King, Buddhist thought and social change in 2021
Explore questions and learn from the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the philosophy that was developed out of his teachings, known as Kingian Nonviolence, with East Point Peace Academy founder Kazu Haga. This workshop will include presentations, guided meditation, small group discussion and other interactive online activities.
10 a.m. Jan. 16. $45-$200. bit.ly/3njahG1
Sweet Honey in the Rock: MLK Day Celebration Reclaiming the Beloved Community
The a cappella ensemble will share messages of hope, resilience and new beginnings celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with a live-streamed concert featuring a lineup of special guests, including Kiki Shepard, Keith David, Mumu Fresh, Azar Lawrence and Wycliffe Gordon. With singers Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Rochelle Rice, Christie Dashiell and Romeir Mendez on acoustic and electric bass. This performance will include American Sign Language interpreter Barbara Hunt.
Noon and 5 p.m. Jan. 17. $15. bit.ly/2KSYlxW
Living Jazz Presents: In the Name of Love: 19th Annual MLK Musical Tribute
Hosted by Dana King, this event lineup features many Oakland artists and activists including Kronos Quartet and Meklit, The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, Branice McKenzie and Bryan Dyer with Glen Pearson, Living Jazz Children’s Project, Myles Staples of the 2020 Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Tory Teasley and the Teasers, and a presentation of the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award by Rep. Barbara Lee.
4 p.m. Jan. 17. Free, donations encouraged. livingjazz.org/mlktribute
MLK Golf Fundraiser
MLK Day is one of the busiest golf days, so make sure to reserve your spot for one of the first golf fundraisers of 2021 at Helena’s Franklin Canyon golf course. The event is open to all but space is limited. To reserve a spot, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-250-6930.
9 a.m. Jan. 18. $65-$85. Franklin Canyon Golf Course, Highway 4, Hercules. bit.ly/3niLMZV
One Tam and Parks Conservancy Present: ‘Virtual Bioblitz’ online launch
Take part in this year’s special edition of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s MLK Day “bioblitz” event and discover how you can help gather information about the many animals, plants and fungi species that inhabit our local parks. This Zoom event will provide an introduction to iNaturalist — a social networking app used by scientists to share biodiversity information — including observation, identification and annotation tips — before kicking off the data gathering period. Participants are encouraged to collect information through the end of January.
10 a.m. Jan. 18. Free, registration required. bit.ly/3bcEqo8
2021 Mitzvah Day: Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto invites residents to join a virtual community-focused day of tikkun olam (repair of the world) to celebrate the MLK holiday. A variety of projects — including specialized food drives, no-sew toys for shelter animals, and hygiene kit making for the unsheltered — will be led by various nonprofit organizations, followed by a live-streamed concert featuring Lisa Fishman, Cantor Magda Fishman, Elmore James and more.
10 a.m. Jan. 18. $5-$15. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 650-223-8700. bit.ly/3oihnMk
California African American Museum Presents: MLK 2021 Virtual Celebration
Celebrate the holiday with live music, culture and community featuring a performance by members of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, a study group examining the civil rights leader’s 1968 speech in support of Memphis Sanitation Workers and more. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a family story time and poetry workshop with author Alice Faye Duncan reading from her children’s book, “Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968,” followed by a haiku writing workshop.
10 a.m. Jan. 18. Free. 213-744-2024. bit.ly/35eWSbX
24th Annual MLK Virtual Celebration: ‘Let us Be Dissatisfied: Using Our Power to Bend the Arc’
The Piedmont anti-racism and diversity committee and the city of Piedmont plan to present their annual MLK celebration virtually. This year’s event is set to feature Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee; Stanford professor and King Institute director Clayborne Carson, filmmaker Shakti Butler and others as featured speakers. The program will also include performances from the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company and traditional Native American flutist Vince Redhouse.
11 a.m. Jan. 18. Free. padc.info
7th Annual Day of Action to Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy: Car Caravan Edition
This family-friendly event has been the primary King Day march in Oakland, with the goal of bringing together people across race, class and political ideology with a commitment to build a more just and equitable city. To encourage social distancing, the march is planned as a car caravan set to begin at the Port of Oakland.
Noon. Jan. 18. Free. Port of Oakland, 530 Water St., Oakland. bit.ly/38fBCVq
S.F. MoAD MLK Day Celebration and National Day of Service
In lieu of their regular in-person event, the Museum of the African Diaspora will present a day of online programming set to include a children’s story time with the S.F. Public Library, a civil rights era photography exhibition, spoken word/poetry reading, collage art activity, and that will conclude with “Meet Us Quickly: Performing and Painting for Justice,” a discussion of the performance trilogy that addresses social justice issues with mass incarceration, as well as the “Meet Us Quickly: Painting for Justice from Prison,” digital exhibition created in conjunction with the performance.
Contribute to their Digital MLK Offrenda with images and thoughts inspired by Dr. King. The online platform serves as a digital altar to highlight and celebrate the achievements of Dr. King.
National Museum of African American History and Culture Presents: The People’s Holiday
This event features a live-streamed music performance with Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and educator Christian McBride inspired by his social justice focused album, “The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons.” The 45-minute concert is set to feature students from the Juilliard School and a poetry reading by Sonia Sanchez. The concert will conclude with a conversation between McBride and Sanchez moderated by museum associate director of curatorial affairs Dwandalyn Reece.
1 p.m. Jan. 18. Free. s.si.edu/3nfoT9v
MLK Unity Group Creating Beloved Community Presents: 40th Annual Virtual Celebration
A live-streamed event with the theme of “Restoration, Reconciliation and Resilience!” is scheduled to feature keynote speaker the Rev. Loretta Dickerson-Smith, with musical selections, interviews, dance and performance art from Hue Vision Productions, as well as a dedication to the memory of late civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis.
2 p.m. Jan. 18. Free, donations encouraged. bit.ly/35aLy0I
National Day of Service
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ inaugural committee is encouraging the public to organize or participate in community volunteering efforts during the holiday as a kickoff for events during the week of Inauguration Day, on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Jan. 18. Free. bideninaugural.org
Oakland Symphony Chorus virtual performance
Enjoy an archived performance of the Oakland Symphony’s “Mass for Freedom” by Michael T. Roberts, recorded live from Oakland’s First Congregational Church in April 2019.
Available to stream on demand. Free. 510-444-0801. oaklandsymphony.org
MLK Day 2021: Black Voices and Leadership community panel
A panel presentation moderated by Tsahai Tafari. Scheduled speakers include Rafiki Coalition’s Monique LeSarre, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights’ Zach Norris, Eli Berry-St. John and Ky Peterson from the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project.
Noon. Jan. 19. Free, reservations requested. 415-502-1911. bit.ly/3blcZsD
- Anne SchragerAnne Schrager is the calendar producer for The San Francisco Chronicle. Email: email@example.com
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