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San Francisco

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts & Yerba Buena Gardens

January 15 - 18

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About MLK2016

the reality of the dream

Join the MLK2016 celebration events as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. King through exciting activities for all. The event theme, The Reality of the Dream, focuses our personal and collective attention on the tangible progress we have made, examination of the present reality we experience, and the commitment to a brighter future, a beloved community.
The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation - NorcalMLK- hosts San Francisco's annual MLK celebrations.
All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.
Take a look at these MLK2016 programs and opportunities (press or hover over each image for program information).
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Main Program

January 18

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January 18

Team Member


January 18

LFF Logo


january 17-18

BCAF2016 Poster


January 17-18

King & Faith Image

King & faith events

January 15-18

Leader Pelosi and Leroy King

Labor Breakfast

January 18

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Music Festival

January 18

MLK Health Image

Health Festival

January 18

MLK kids' sidewalk chalk drawings

Children's Programs

january 17-18

MLK2016 Volunteer


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Leader Pelosi and Leroy King


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Videos of MLK2015 Events

MLK2015 Video

Produced by Camille Kennedy

MLK Labor Breakfast

Footage from Kelly Whalen

Leader @ MLK2015

Footage from Kelly Whalen

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"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.- Dr. King - December 10, 1964

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s clarion call inspired our nation and the world to embrace the dream that all people live in beloved community. On October 14, 1964, Dr. King was awarded the Noble Peace Prize, and during his December 10, 1964, acceptance address in Olso, Norway, he reiterated his "abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind.” And yet, he found, in the life of the nation, realities that continued to plague its own definition and dedication to 'one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.'
As we wrestle with these same issues over fifty years later, MLK2016 is our time to reinvigorate our individual and shared selves in the continued struggle for justice and peace, two essential ingredients for a beloved community.