Oakland, CA – A multicultural rally in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held Monday, January 20, 2014 from 10:00 am until noon (doors open at 9:00 am) at the ILWU Union Hall, 99 Hegenberger Road near the Oakland Airport. The theme is “Keeping the Dream Alive through Education and Non-Violence.”
Speakers include Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, and Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, with special guests Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Vice Mayor Larry Reid, and Former Mayor Elihu Harris.
Youth Speakers & Performers are Youth Uprising-Destiny Dance and Hurbert Guice of Institute Youth.
“This is Oakland’s longest continuing celebration of the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said committee chairman Otis Sanders. The rally has been held yearly since 1993. This year’s Betita Coty Award for Outstanding Community Service will honor Ocie Hall, executive board member of AFSCME Local 257, a union representing Oakland Unified School District employees. Mr. Hall and Doug Siden, board member of the East Bay Regional Park District, will preside as masters of ceremony for the day.
This year’s event will include a special tribute to the late South African activist and former President Nelson Mandela.
The event is co-sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Rally Committee. The event is free and parking is available at Francesco’s Restaurant at the corner of Hegenberger and Pardee across the street from the Union Hall.
Call Committee Chairman Otis Sanders at (510) 798-5535 for more information.