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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Us

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MLK day march
Marchers gather for the 2016 MLK march from the San Francisco Caltrain station. Photo: Chris Henderson

Next Monday marks the annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday and San Francisco’s annual march from the Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to Yerba Buena Gardens, organized by the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation (NorcalMLK).

The SFMTA is partnering with NorcalMLK to provide free MLK2017 Commemorative Muni Passes to enable San Franciscans to attend the celebration at Yerba Buena Gardens. We will also provide complimentary shuttle service during the annual march.

Anyone is welcome to join Monday’s march, which begins at 11 a.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive early. March organizers ask that groups of ten or more reserve complimentary group tickets online and pick them up at the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services at City Hall through Friday, Jan. 13.

The march will celebrate Dr. King’s groundbreaking civil rights protest marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The 1.5-mile journey will cross the Lefty O'Doul Bridge on 3rd Street near AT&T Park, where it will stop at Willie Mays Plaza to commemorate the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, a symbol of violence and victory in the civil rights movement.

At the conclusion of the march, the San Francisco Interfaith Council will bring together the region’s faith leaders to commemorate Dr. King’s vision and lead a spiritual reflection of his message.

Other celebratory events include MLK King and Faith Lectures Friday, Jan. 13, and Sunday, Jan. 15, and an Arts Festival Sunday, Jan. 15.

Additional Area Events

BART will also offer complementary, round-trip travel to the MLK celebrations.

NorcalMLK and Caltrain are dedicated to continuing the legacy begun by the late Coretta Scott King by providing special, free commemorative MLK Celebration Train service for South Bay and Peninsula celebrants.

Live in the North Bay? Take the MLK2017 Freedom Ferry courtesy of the Golden Gate Transit system who has provided the commemorative service since 2004.

MLK2017 Justice in the Beloved Community

NorcalMLK has the latest information for additional activities and events on MLK2017, along with special notifications, volunteer opportunities and other chances to participate.