Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Celebration 2011
January 06, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

 Freedom Riders Documentary Film by Stanley Nelson

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building

435 Lausen Mall (Map)

In association with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the King Institute is proud to present award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s documentary Freedom Riders, a powerful, harrowing and inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives--and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment--for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders' belief in non-violent activism was tested as mob violence and bitter racism greeted them along the way.

“I got up one morning in May and I said to my folks at home, I won't be back today because I'm a Freedom Rider. It was like a wave or a wind that you didn't know where it was coming from or where it was going, but you knew you were supposed to be there."-Pauline Knight-Ofuso, Freedom Rider.

In cooperation with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service on Monday, January 17, the King Institute will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank or coats for One Warm Coat.  

For more information on the film, click HERE.

Friday, January 14, 2011

King Institute celebrating the King Papers Project at Stanford: Open House. 

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute

Cypress Hall D

466 Via Ortega (Map)

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute Open House will celebrate the King Papers Project at Stanford University. Institute Director Dr. Clayborne Carson will review the Institute’s activities and accomplishments in 2010. Also featured will be a book signing by Clarence B. Jones, King Institute Scholar in Residence and one of Dr. King’s advisors. Jones' new book is Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation.

In cooperation with the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service on Monday, January 17, the King Institute will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank or coats for One Warm Coat.

For more information on the Open House click HERE.

Monday, January 17, 2011 

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service

This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community.

Palo Alto Day of Service
The City of Palo Alto in collaboration with Youth Community Service (YCS) will provide opportunities to donate food and clothing and to participate in a volunteer project on Lytton Plaza.  Join us!  Bring the whole family between noon and 3pm.  There will be music and fun for all – and more importantly, this will be a chance to do something to help others.

Community Mitzvah Day
This intergenerational event, sponsored by Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, will feature over 25 small group, hands-on service projects addressing issues of poverty, hunger, housing and homelessness, aging, the environment and more. Open to all ages with projects for both individuals and families. Over 25 service projects to choose from, including crafts for hospitalized children, cooking & serving meals at shelters, habitat restoration & tree planting, playground repairs, visits with seniors, making cat toys & dog biscuits for homeless animals and much more!

National Day of Service
For opportunites to participate and serve outside of the Bay area please visit  The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

Freedom Train
The Freedom Train ride, hosted by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Association of Santa Clara Valley, from San Jose to San Francisco, CA is made each year to commemorate the historic 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery.  Riders board the train in San Jose for a peaceful journey to San Francisco, with stops in Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, San Mateo. Once in San Francisco riders may participate in a march, hosted by the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation, to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 

The Freedom Train is 2011 Departure Stations & Times:
San Jose – 9:30am                Sunnyvale – 9:45am
Palo alto – 9:59am                San Mateo 10:22am

Arrives at San Francisco at 10:55am

Please arrive at your station 30 minutes before departure. There will be no special southbound service. However, Freedom Train tickets will be accepted as valid fare media on southbound trains departing San Francisco after 1 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for $10 each and must be purchased in advance. Ticket sales are through the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Association of Santa Clara Valley.  Purchase your tickets now at Brown Paper Tickets.

SUSTAINING THE DREAM: Through Community and Service
The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation will continue in their 30 year tradition of hosting a number of events celebrating the King Holiday.  Events include a march from 4th Street to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the MLK Mind, Body and Soul Festival, the San Francisco Literary and Children's Reading Festival, and finally the MLK Birthday Celebration. The event will be MC’d by leading bay area media personalities, and a host of inspirational speakers will provide the audience with a celebration experience designed to encourage and entertain.

Celebration attendees will also receive free admission and special discounts at the Museum of the African Diaspora, Contemporary Jewish Museum and from leading stores and restaurants in the City’s famed Union Square area.

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