Martin Luther King Jr.

Members of the Alameda NAACP Organizing Committee, the Coalition to Rename Haight and the Alameda Race Violence Task Force hosted a gathering and walk to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday. The assembly at Haight featured songs, readings from King’s works and poetry. Children in attendance introduced themselves and showed the audience the signs that they made for the occasion.

Those in attendance then marched down Santa Clara Avenue to City Hall to attend the program there. They chanted, “Two, four, six, eight, only love can conquer hate,” along the way. 

Rev. Betty Williams organized the 43rd annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day inside Alameda City Hall on Jan. 20. With around 75 people in attendance including Vice Mayor John Knox White, the celebration included dance and song, remarks and tributes. Williams talked about the significance of holding the event inside of City Hall. Decades ago when they started this celebration, they joined together on the City Hall steps. Then one year as they celebrated in the rain, they asked Mayor Chuck Corica if they could come inside.

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.