Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
2009 King Holiday Events
January 09, 2009

Events at Stanford


Monday, January 12
Time: 5:00-6:30 PM
Location: Black Community Services Center, 418 Santa Teresa Street

Event (all events free and open to the public!)

The King Legacy at Stanford. Clayborne Carson, Professor of History and Director of the King Institute will discuss the long-term project to edit and publish the papers of Dr. King, and the link between Stanford’s research resources and King’s dream of global peace with social justice. 

Sponsored by Stanford Historical Society and the Black Community Services Center.
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Thursday, January 15
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: Common Room in the Circle, 3rd Floor Old Union

Practice What You Preach. A conversation with Stanford Professor Albert Camarillo and the Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles, Pastor of Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis, TN and an eyewitness to the assassination of Dr. King, on how King’s legacy and commitment to social justice are realized in the church and the university.

Sponsored by the Program in African and African-American Studies.Co-sponsored by the King Institute and the Catholic Community at Stanford.  
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Thursday, January 15
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM reception
4:30 PM-5:30 PM program
Location: Tresidder Memorial Union
2nd Floor Lounge and Oak Room,
459 Lagunita Drive

Education for Global Liberation. The annual King Institute celebration will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s transformative trip to India. Institute Director Clayborne Carson will review the Institute’s activities and accomplishments in 2008, including a King/Gandhi seminar in India and a trip to historic sites in the American south. King and Global Liberation: A Curriculum Guide, a reference for teachers prepared by Institute staff, will be introduced. Also featured will be photo exhibits, musical selections and presentation of the 2009 Call to Conscience awards.

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Friday, January 16
Time: 3:30-5:30 PM
Location: Room CR 101, Yang/Yamazaki Energy/Environment Building (Y2E2), 473 Via Ortega

Education for Liberation: King and Gandhi. A panel discussion on global perspectives and social justice curriculum with Indian educators/activists Ravi Gulati, Kiran Bir Sethi, and Viren Joshi.

Presented by the King Institute’s Liberation Curriculum Initiative.
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Local Events on/around the King Holiday


Sunday, January 18
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: San Mateo County History Museum
2200 Broadway
Redwood City, CA

Event (all events free and open to the public!)

Premiere of Marcus Shelby Composition on Martin Luther King, Jr., by the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra. The tenth Annual San Mateo County Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will host a Special Event featuring the premiere of Marcus Shelby’s composition on Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be sets at 2:15 and at 3:15 p.m.  Shelby is a renowned Bay Area musician, composer, orchestra leader, and educator.

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Monday, January 19
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 AM
Location: San Mateo CalTrain Station
2 North B Street
San Mateo, CA

San Mateo County Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration. The celebration starts with a pre-program of arts projects at 8:30 a.m. The celebration and continental breakfast begin at 9:00 a.m. and will recognize the 2009 Honorary Chairperson, Rev. Paul Bains, St. Samuel Church, East Palo Alto. Rev. Bains is a leader in numerous community organizations. Afterwards, participants can join up on the Freedom Train and head to MLK Day events in San Francisco.

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Monday, January 19
Time: Departs 9:30 AM
Location: All CalTrain stations, starting from San Jose
Cost: 5$

Ride the Freedom Train! Train departs from San Jose toward San Francisco, carrying fellow celebrators to the San Francisco rally.

Purchase tickets in advance at the African-American Community Service Center in San Jose
Phone: 408-212-3157

Monday, January 19
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MLK Rally & Teach-In)
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM (23rd Annual Celebration)
Location: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
99 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA.

The 23rd Annual King Federal Holiday Celebration. This year the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Celebration comes at a special time in history! This year's theme is "The Realization of Hope." President Obama's inauguration represents an achievement of hope that years of marching embodied.

Featuring vendors for free health services, arts/crafts and food!

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Monday, January 19
Time: 2 PM
Location: Council Chambers, 1st floor, City Hall
250 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto King Birthday Celebration. Details pending.

For more information, please contact Kelly Morariu by e-mail at

Be sure to also check the National King Holiday Calendar for other events in your area!

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