MLK Day: events, gatherings, service in the Bay Area

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than an ordinary day off work -- it's a day of service; it's a day for action. There are many opportunities for you to participate in Bay Area gatherings to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are a few: 

Freedom Train

Caltrain NorCalMLK Celebration Train makes its way up the Peninsula from San Jose to San Francisco on Monday, January 15.

The Celebration Train will provide free service for those who wish to attend the annual observance of the life and legacy of Dr. King in San Francisco hosted by the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation (NorCalMLK)

For more, visit

"Now is the Time"

The Alameda Race Violence Task Force (ARVTF) and Alamedians will host their 39th annual celebration.

Rally and march to start at noon at Haight Elementary School, 2025 Santa Clara Ave.,Alameda.

The celebration will continue with live music and speeches at 1:00 p.m. in the council chambers at the Alameda City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Street, 3rd floor, Alameda. All to take place on Monday, January 15, 2018.

Day of Service 

In Oakland, more than 20 community cleaning, greening, and beautification projects are planned and over 2,000 volunteers are expected to participate.

The event starts at 9:00 a.m. Monday. Visit here to see locations. 

Presidio MLK service

Over 100 volunteers will participate in a public service project for all ages, taking care of habitat, forest, and gardens. Volunteers will be planting native plants, tree care, removing invasive species, clearing pathways, and spreading compost.

The event takes place at Fort Scott Field, the Presidio and starts at 9:00 a.m. Monday. 

Visit here for more Presidio volunteer information. 

A Day of Action and Compassion 

The MLK Coalition is inviting anyone out who would like to join them in Napa to celebrate the life of Dr. King. 

Community service projects -- Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at St. John's Parish Hall. 924 Napa St., Napa.

Interfaith celebration -- Monday, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. 960 Caymus St. Napa. 

MLK Teach-In

This teach-in will honor histories of Black and indigenous resistance (#NonCompliance), address housing crises and gentrification in the Bay Area, and highlight the area's rich history of resistance against state-sponsored violence. This teach-in will be led by youth and youth workers for children 2-12 years old and their adult allies.

The event is being held at 9:00 a.m. Monday at Lincoln Square Park, Oakland. 

Service Park Cleanup

In Campbell, over 200 residents are expected to participate in a park cleanup at Marijane Hamman Park on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

MLK2018 march

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will join thousands of marchers in San Francisco's Financial District to honor the legacy of Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. at the MLK2018 March. The march begins at 11 A.M. and stretches from San Francisco's Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens.

*BART stations will open at 6 a.m. and trains will run 20 minutes apart, according to the transit agency. Parking will be free Monday.