There are three, count ‘em three, marches scheduled for the long weekend commemorating Martin Luther King Day. And the 27th All People’s Celebration, which is more of a sit down affair.
Festivities kicked off Friday morning, with the 30th annual YMCA of San Diego County Martin Luther King Human Dignity Award Breakfast. This year’s honoree is Constance M. Carroll, chancellor of the San Diego Community College District. There’s a rather nice tribute to her in Friday’s UT-San Diego, detailing her dedication to education and a surprisingly wide range of outside interests.
On Sunday, the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America sponsors the “official” Martin Luther King Day march.
The 35th Annual parade is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the US. Expect to see “dazzling floats, soulful High School Bands, Drill Teams, Colleges, Fraternities, Churches, Organizations, Peace and Youth groups.”
Starting at 2pm people will be gathering along Harbor Drive near Grape street. The parade will proceed south on Harbor, ending up at Pacific Highway near G Street.
On Monday, January 19th, Alliance San Diego presents the 27th annual All Peoples Celebration honoring the living legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Keynote speaker, Ryan Haygood from the national NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, who will address the modern-day struggles over voting.
The program will include local award-winning performers:
- National Poetry Slam artist Ant Black with special guest Shivon Carreno;
- Two-time San Diego Music Award winning band Kendrick Dial & The Lyrical Groove with special guestOcean;
- SDMA’s Best Live Performer and Best Blues Album nominee Whitney Shay with special guest Beston Barnett; and
- Grace Covenant Church Choir
Painter Elida Chavez will lead a community art project at the event. This project invites attendees to express their creative voices with a collaborative work of visual art that speaks to living out the legacy of Dr. King. The completed project will be donated for display in community spaces throughout San Diego.
Later on Monday, a coalition of activist groups are leading the local version of the 4 Mile March, which is set for cities throughout North America.
While the 4 Mile Marches are all organized as peaceful protests, they will have a more militant tone than some of the other activities, reflecting the national movement against injustice.
The local 4 Mile March will start at 1pm with a rally at 1pm at the City Heights/Weingart Library and Performance Annex (3795 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, California 92105) and ending at Malcolm X Library (5148 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92114)
Here’s the basic rundown issued by local organizers:
About San Diego’s #4MILEMARCH
Activists and community members in San Diego have answered the national call put out by the Coalition Against Police Violence (CAPV). The mission of the 4 Mile March is two-fold: to bring awareness to America’s epidemic of racial profiling and police brutality, and to honor all those who have been injured or died as a result of police violence. One of the most important steps we can take is to build mounting pressure upon our local and federal government to do what is right. Elected officials must mandate laws that will hold police accountable for every illegal and inhumane act they commit against the human rights of Black citizens, the mentally ill and those of lower socio economic status. We will march because “it is our duty to fight for our freedom; it is our duty to win.”