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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Virtually At These Inspiring Local Events

Arianna Gary Arianna Gary

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Virtually At These Inspiring Local Events

There will be no parade this year, but there are still many ways to honor MLK, Jr.’s legacy.

This year’s celebration of the late civil rights leader will look different, but celebrate we will. In lieu of the annual parade that usually takes over the streets of San Diego, organizations are turning to online events in order to safely honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join the community in re-exploring the history and significance behind this momentous day and learn different ways to stay connected in a meaningful way.

Check out these virtual events happening this week:

MLK Day Celebration 2021

This event is being hosted by the California African American Museum. MLK Day Celebration 2021 is a one-day celebration of music, culture, and community, beginning this morning (January 18) at 10am running until 3:30pm this afternoon. It’s an exciting lineup of events for people of all ages, including a writing workshop, discussion panels and a performance by the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, the largest majority Black orchestra in the nation. Joining the celebration is free, but you must register in order to attend. Find more information about individual events and registration here.

Check out the full schedule below:

Monday, January 18

10am: Musical Welcome from ICYOLA

11am: King Study Group

1pm: Black Workers and Social Justice: From Memphis, 1968, to Today

2:30pm: Family Story Time and Poetry Workshop

Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Service

UC San Diego decided to extend its annual one-day service event to a full week this year! That means there’s plenty of time to check out all the different offerings. With one virtual event scheduled for each day from January 18 to 23, this weeklong celebration has a focus on service, dialogue, and training. The lineup of events features everything from exploring Dr. King’s philosophies, to community engagement opportunities, to intergenerational discussion panels. Register for any (or all) of the scheduled free events online. Find out more about individual events and registration here.

Here’s the full schedule:

Monday, January 18

5pm – 7pm: Community Building Circle

Tuesday, January 19

5pm – 6pm: Tritons Tutor Open House

Wednesday, January 20

5pm – 6pm: Interactive Dialogue: Changemaking in the Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, January 21

5pm – 6pm: Black-Owned Business Panel

Friday, January 22

12pm – 1pm: San Diego LGBTQIA+ Community Organization Panel

Saturday, January 23

12pm – 1pm: Triton Translators Orientation

[Featured image courtesy of California African American Museum]

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