Oakland, CA – Celebrating twenty years, Oakland’s longest continuing celebration of the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will feature a multicultural rally Monday, January 16, 2012 from 10:00 am until noon (doors open at 9:00 am) at the ILWU Union Hall, 99 Hegenberger Road near the Oakland Airport.
U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee and other elected officials will attend with greetings and special remarks. Belva Davis, award winning author and journalist, will be the keynote speaker and will also be available for a book signing of her recently-published autobiography titled “Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman's Life in Journalism.” Also speaking will be youth speakers from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center. Special music will be provided by the East Oakland Senior Center Choir.
The annual Betita Coty Award for Outstanding Community Service will be presented to Gladys Green, long-term resident and community activist in Oakland.
Presiding will be Rev. Martha Taylor of Elmhurst Presbyterian Church in Oakland and Rev. Doug Siden of the East Bay Regional Park District. This free event is open to the public, and all are welcome. Parking will be available courtesy of Francesco’s Restaurant at the corner of Hegenberger and Pardee across the street from Union Hall.
Call Committee Chairman Otis Sanders at (510) 798-5535 for more information.