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Redwood City & East Palo Alto Partner for 2006 Martin Luther King Celebration

Redwood City, CA - January 9, 2006 - For the first time in its 20-year history, the Redwood City Martin Luther King Celebration Committee will partner with Public Allies Silicon Valley and East Palo Alto to host a multi-day celebration honoring the legacy of the slain civil rights leader. This partnership brings together both cities as well as a variety of community partners in celebration of Dr. King’s struggle for justice and peace, and to renew his ideals in today’s society.

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2006: A Call to Conscious Action," begins on Saturday, January 14th at the East Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club, 2031 Pulgas Avenue in East Palo Alto at 10 am. Author, lecturer, radio host, and Hip Hop journalist Adisa Banjoko will deliver the keynote address. Banjoko is known for his work on Hip Hop culture, eastern philosophy, martial arts, Islamic culture, and African American social issues, and has lectured at prestigious universities including Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, and San Francisco State.

Other activities that day include dynamic bilingual and youth-centered workshops, cultural performances, children’s activities, and a special panel discussion featuring youth and elders, for a widely diverse view of the civil rights and community issues of the past, today, and the future. In addition, civil rights pioneers in East Palo Alto and Redwood City will be honored for their work, featuring Fernando Vega, Kathleen Mahany, and Dorothy Page from Redwood City.

Then, on Monday January 16th, the community is invited to join the Freedom Train to San Francisco – tickets will be available at the Saturday event. Finally, on Thursday January 19th, Redwood City will present an after-school showing of "Mighty Times: the Legacy of Rosa Parks," and a Candlelight Vigil to be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton Street in Redwood City at 5 pm, featuring the voices of youth from our community.

More information on the "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2006: A Call to Conscious Action” event is available by calling 650-327-5846 or 650-780-7510.

The event is presented by Public Allies Silicon Valley, the Redwood City Martin Luther King Celebration Planning Committee, Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula, the City of East Palo Alto, Opportunities Industrialization Center West, the City of Redwood City, and the San Mateo Credit Union.

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Teri Chin
Human Services Manager
(650) 780-7510


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