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Piedmont Hosts Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Potluck and Celebration

Here are some of the events happening in the region to honor the slain civil rights leader

Piedmont will hold its annual commemoration of the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Piedmont Community Hall and Piedmont Park, 711 Highland Ave.

The event is free and open to the public.

The festivities will begin with a potluck luncheon where the beverages and main dishes will be provided. Please feel free to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share that reflects your family heritage.

Mayor John Chiang and other civic leaders will speak, and there will be entertainment by the Oakland Youth Chorus and Oaktown Jazz. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech will be screened.   

Sponsors include  the Piedmont African-American League, the Piedmont Asian-American Club, the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee, the Piedmont League of Women Voters, the Piedmont Unified School District, and the City of Piedmont.

For more information, contact Lois Corrin at (510) 420-1534 or via e-mail at loiscorrin@gmail.com.

Here are some other events being held in the East Bay today and Monday in honor of Dr. King.

SUNDAY, JAN. 20

Noon to 3 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Day family celebration at the Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. All ages. Winners from the Oakland Unified School District’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Festival will present their poetry. 

MONDAY, JAN. 21

Oakland

8:30 a.m. to noon. The East Bay Regional Park District will host a day of service in honor of Dr. King. Volunteers should meet at the Oak Port Athletic Field, 5734 Oakport St. Volunteers will help park district employees with invasive plant removal.

9 a.m. A volunteer event will feature a bird walk led by Golden Gate Audubon docents. It'll be held at Martin Luther King Regional Shoreline Park.

9 a.m. to noon: A food drive is being held in honor of Dr. King's efforts to end poverty. Canned goods can be donated at the Alameda County Food Bank, 7900 Edgewater Drive.

10 a.m. to noon. A multicultural peace celebration will be held ILWU Warehouse Hall #6, 99 Hegenberger Road. Speakers, including Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson and the Rev. Byron Williams, will highlight the event.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: A shoreline cleanup will be held in honor of Dr. King. Participants should meet at Garretson Point parking lot at the end of Edgewater Drive. Volunteers will clean up and help restore Damon Marsh, Damon Slough, Arrowhead Marsh and Martin Luther King Jr. Grove.

12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. A theater matinee will be held at the African American Museum and Library, 659 14th St. A collection of films will be shown commemorating the life of Dr. King.

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