American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed that the fight for civil rights could not wait. In his words: “This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.” With that in mind, here are two ways to honor his legacy on this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
March: The Anti Police-Terror Project is hosting its 2nd Annual March to Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy on Monday, January 18, capping off a full 96 hours of direct action. Participants should meet at 11 a.m. at Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th Street and Broadway) in downtown Oakland to see speakers and performances before the group walks toward Emeryville. The march will be the last in a series of demonstrations coordinated with other activist organizations beginning on Thursday, January 15 and running throughout the weekend in both Oakland and San Francisco. (AntiPoliceTerrorProject.org.)
Service: What better way to honor Dr. King than by giving back to the community? The City of Richmond is hosting a day of service along the Richmond Greenway, a stretch of previously abandoned railroad tracks that the city would like to turn into an open space resource. Beginning at 9 a.m., volunteers will be planting trees and flowers and engaging in other services to beautify the area. Activities last until 2 p.m. and will be held on the greenway between 4th and 16th streets. Visit RichmondGreenway.org for details.