MLK Playlist Monday

On this Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, GLIDE Memorial Church can only do one thing — Celebrate! Overcoming is worth celebrating. Resilience is worth celebrating. Unconditional Love is worth celebrating. And oh yes, Beloved Community is surely worth celebrating. To help you celebrate today, we have curated three MLK Playlists for you.

MLK Playlist Monday: The Speeches 

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MLK Playlist Monday: The House Music

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MLK Playlist Monday: The Meditations

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MLK Playlist Monday: The Events

NorCal MLK Virtual Celebration 2021

Though the march and in-person events of the annual NorCalMLK celebration will not be happening this year, organizers have pivoted to a series of online offerings that include a “King and Faith Speaker Series” Jan. 17, 18 and 21. In partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, the annual Black and Brown Comix Arts Festival celebrates works by people of color in popular visual culture with programs and activities for all ages from Jan. 16 to 18. More featured online programming will include a health and wellness festival from Jan. 16 to18; the “MLK2021 Music Festival,” presented in partnership with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, on Jan. 18, and more.

Jan. 11-21. Freesfmlkday.org

‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ webinar and documentary film festival

The Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University plans to host a four-day online event. The festival will feature more than 15 documentaries as well as live musical performances and panel discussions covering a range of topics, from the history of the civil rights and anti-apartheid movements to James Baldwin and Martin Luther King Jr.’s global visions.

The event will also introduce the World House Project, which is a new initiative of the King Institute in partnership with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford.

Jan. 15-18. Free. 650-723-2092. kinginstitute.stanford.edu

OaklandMLK 40 Days of Service

Oakland residents are encouraged to take action locally, keeping neighborhoods, local parks and waterways clean by picking up litter, reporting illegal dumping and pledging to practice environmental conservation actions at home. The city of Oakland offers a list of resources and suggested acts of service on its website.

Jan. 15-Feb 28. Freebit.ly/3rXdsH5

Living Jazz Presents: In the Name of Love: 19th Annual MLK Musical Tribute

Hosted by Dana King, this event lineup features many Oakland artists and activists including Kronos Quartet and Meklit, The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, Branice McKenzie and Bryan Dyer with Glen Pearson, Living Jazz Children’s Project, Myles Staples of the 2020 Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Tory Teasley and the Teasers, and a presentation of the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award by Rep. Barbara Lee.

4 p.m. Jan. 17. Free, donations encouraged. livingjazz.org/mlktribute

California African American Museum Presents: MLK 2021 Virtual Celebration

Celebrate the holiday with live music, culture and community featuring a performance by members of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, a study group examining the civil rights leader’s 1968 speech in support of Memphis Sanitation Workers and more. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a family story time and poetry workshop with author Alice Faye Duncan reading from her children’s book, “Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968,” followed by a haiku writing workshop.

10 a.m. Jan. 18. Free. 213-744-2024. bit.ly/35eWSbX

24th Annual MLK Virtual Celebration: ‘Let us Be Dissatisfied: Using Our Power to Bend the Arc’

The Piedmont anti-racism and diversity committee and the city of Piedmont plan to present their annual MLK celebration virtually. This year’s event is set to feature Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee; Stanford professor and King Institute director Clayborne Carson, filmmaker Shakti Butler and others as featured speakers. The program will also include performances from the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company and traditional Native American flutist Vince Redhouse.

11 a.m. Jan. 18. Freepadc.info

7th Annual Day of Action to Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy: Car Caravan Edition

This family-friendly event has been the primary King Day march in Oakland, with the goal of bringing together people across race, class and political ideology with a commitment to build a more just and equitable city. To encourage social distancing, the march is planned as a car caravan set to begin at the Port of Oakland.

Noon. Jan. 18. Free. Port of Oakland, 530 Water St., Oakland. bit.ly/38fBCVq

S.F. MoAD MLK Day Celebration and National Day of Service

In lieu of their regular in-person event, the Museum of the African Diaspora will present a day of online programming set to include a children’s story time with the S.F. Public Library, a civil rights era photography exhibition, spoken word/poetry reading, collage art activity, and that will conclude with “Meet Us Quickly: Performing and Painting for Justice,” a discussion of the performance trilogy that addresses social justice issues with mass incarceration, as well as the “Meet Us Quickly: Painting for Justice from Prison,” digital exhibition created in conjunction with the performance.

Contribute to their Digital MLK Offrenda with images and thoughts inspired by Dr. King. The online platform serves as a digital altar to highlight and celebrate the achievements of Dr. King.

11:30 a.m. Jan. 18. Live stream viewing available on their YouTube and Facebook channels. Free. www.moadsf.org 

National Museum of African American History and Culture Presents: The People’s Holiday

This event features a live-streamed music performance with Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and educator Christian McBride inspired by his social justice focused album, “The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons.” The 45-minute concert is set to feature students from the Juilliard School and a poetry reading by Sonia Sanchez. The concert will conclude with a conversation between McBride and Sanchez moderated by museum associate director of curatorial affairs Dwandalyn Reece.

1 p.m. Jan. 18. Frees.si.edu/3nfoT9v

MLK Unity Group Creating Beloved Community Presents: 40th Annual Virtual Celebration

A live-streamed event with the theme of “Restoration, Reconciliation and Resilience!” is scheduled to feature keynote speaker the Rev. Loretta Dickerson-Smith, with musical selections, interviews, dance and performance art from Hue Vision Productions, as well as a dedication to the memory of late civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

2 p.m. Jan. 18. Free, donations encouraged. bit.ly/35aLy0I

National Day of Service

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ inaugural committee is encouraging the public to organize or participate in community volunteering efforts during the holiday as a kickoff for events during the week of Inauguration Day, on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Jan. 18. Free. bideninaugural.org

MLK Day 2021: Black Voices and Leadership community panel

A panel presentation moderated by Tsahai Tafari. Scheduled speakers include Rafiki Coalition’s Monique LeSarre, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights’ Zach Norris, Eli Berry-St. John and Ky Peterson from the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project.

Noon. Jan. 19. Free, reservations requested. 415-502-1911. bit.ly/3blcZsD

We know that this world is seemingly short on inspiration, so we look to you, finding your own power to survive and thrive, while dancing, meditating, and re-learning.  

Happy MLK Day! 

—Minister Marvin K. White