The 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebrations to be held on Monday, January 16, at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Yerba Buena Gardens.

San Francisco, California — December 25, 2011 – The 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration entitled, Renewing the Dream, will be held on January 16, 2012, at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Yerba Buena Gardens.

A host of activities and programs mark the day, including our annual March/Parade; MLK Dream Address and Program; San Francisco Interfaith Council Interfaith Commemoration; the 2012 Children’s Reading Festival; the new Civil Rights Film Festival; the 2012 MLK Conversation Series; Health Preparedness and Sustainability Festival; special music; free museum admission to the area museums and a host of other inspirational activities. All are free to the public.

In partnership with the San Francisco Interfaith Council, interfaith activities include the 2nd annual interfaith tribute to the Selma-to-Montgomery march and the symbolic crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The tribute will take place during the annual march/parade as it crosses San Francisco’s Lefty O’Doul Bridge and briefly stops at Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park. Also, the 2nd interfaith commemoration ceremony at the Esplanade stage at Yerba Buena Gardens will conclude the march/parade, with spiritual leaders from a host of faith backgrounds providing reflection on the vision of Dr. King. Last, recognition of San Francisco’s first African American school principal, Ms. Leola M. Havard, will take place as part of the celebration programs.

Free and discounted commemorative transit passes on BART, Golden Gate Transit and Ferries and SFMTA are available on a first-come-first-served basis by registering on the Contact page at

Day-long activities feature the Health, Preparedness and Sustainability Festival, led by the American Red Cross, Bay Area Chapter, SFEnvironment and the San Francisco Hospital Council, with free services and activities for all ages, including the annual MLK/Red Cross blood drive; the 2012 Inaugural Civil Rights Film Festival, in partnership with California Newsreels; the 2nd annual Children’s Reading Festival in partnership with Marcus Books, the nation’s oldest African American book store.

Log-on to the Events page at for a full list of activities and downloadable activity maps, and subscribe to us on Twitter at norcalmlk for the latest updates on activities and the day’s events.

ACTIVITY LIST (scheduled and subject to modification) 2012 MLK March/Parade    Begins at 11:00am (arrive early)     Begins at 4th St. & Townsend Ave. (Caltrain Depot) MLK Dream Address and Special Presentations     12:15pm – 4:00pm, Limited Seatlng, doors open at 11:50am.    Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (scheduled) San Francisco Interfaith Commemoration    11:45am – 12:15pm    Esplanade Stage at Yerba Buena Gardens Health Preparedness and Sustainability Festival    11:00am – 4:30pm  The Forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 2012 Civil Rights Film Festival    11:00am – 4:30pm Various screening rooms (see the Events page at for details) Children’s Reading Festival    11:00am – 4:30pm Children’s Creativity Museum/Yerba Buena Center    for the Arts & Gardens Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora & Children’s Creativity Museum    11:00am – 5:00pm


CONTACT: Aaron Grizzen (415) 691-6212

G.L Hodge   (415) 572-6596


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