I am humbled standing before you addressing this crowd at Alameda's NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Day march and rally. To Alameda's Black community, and all her communities of color I offer my heart and support. My message however is for my White brothers and sisters.
I fully recognize the fragility of our community around race issues, that delicate sensibility that mutes us when it's time to speak up. Today however, is the day to speak up.
Since 1983, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16 this year) has been designated a day of service. Residents can get started early on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, when Alameda Point Partners and the city of Alameda Public Works Department host a shoreline cleanup event.
Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring their own reusable buckets or bags and work gloves. Large groups are encouraged. Participants under the age of 18 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.
In honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the City of Alameda Public Works Department’s Clean Water Program will be hosting a shoreline cleanup along with Alameda Point Partners.
The event takes place Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon and will focus on removing litter from the shore and parking lot along the Oakland Estuary, west of the Main Street Dog Park. Following the cleanup activities Alameda Point Partners will host a lunch to thank volunteers.