For the 23rd consecutive year, a Multicultural Rally celebrating the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held on Monday, January 19 at the ILWU Union Hall in Oakland, from 10:00am to 12:00pm. The theme for this year is “Keeping the Dream Alive through Education, Non-Violence, and Justice.”
“This is the longest running multicultural rally keeping the dream alive,” said the Martin Luther King Jr. Rally Committee Chairman Otis Sanders. The first rally was held in 1993 to spread Dr. King’s message and unite people from all cultures.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson. Assembly member Rob Bonta and Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley will attend the event. East Bay Regional Park District Director Doug Siden will be the Master of Ceremonies, and participants from the Treasure Island Job Corps and the Herbert Guice Academy will also deliver speeches.
“We have come a long way -- and we have yet a long way to go,” said Sanders. The Rally Committee will present this year’s Betita Coty Award for Outstanding Community Service to Oakland Councilmember Larry Reid.
This free event is co-sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District, the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Rally Committee. The ILWU Union Hall is located at 99 Hegenberger Road, near the Oakland Airport. Doors open at 9:00 am.
For more information, call Committee Chairman Otis Sanders at (510) 798-5535.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 119,000 acres in 65 parks including over 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.