SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) will be honoring the historic accomplishment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) with series of community events. A MLK march on Saturday, January 14th, is the first of the series, and will begin with the Bayview Baptist Ministers Fellowship at the Bayview Opera House at 10:30 a.m., and the march will end at Martin Luther King Jr. Swimming Pool (MLK Pool).
Then on the same day, a MLK celebration will take place at MLK Pool starting at 11:00 a.m. with Young and Gifted Youth Choir, keynote speech from Rev. Willie Williams, President of the Bayview Bapist Minister Fellowship, followed by music from Echoes of Praise singers, and members of Golden Gate Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The celebration will continue with water performance from SF Merionettes, SF Tsunami Synchro, SF Tsunami Water Polo, MLK Jr. Blue Dolphin Swim, and RPD’s Water Exercise Class and Lifeguard Rescue.
Finally, the MLK celebration will end with an open gathering for the public in the MLK Pool where everyone can join in for a free swim. Besides free swim for everyone in MLK Pool on Saturday, January 14th, MLK Pool will also stay open to the general public on Monday, January 16th, to celebrate the official MLK Day.
Moreover, RPD will officially participate in a national day of service on Monday, January 16, 2012.
“We are proud to be part of the national tradition of a day of service in honor and remembrance of Dr. King and the civil rights movement of our nation,” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “We can think of no more appropriate tribute than uplifting our neighborhoods through volunteer work in our parks.”
In 2009, at his inauguration, President Barack Obama declared Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national day of service, and in response to the President’s declaration, RPD will join fellow city agencies to participate a day of service, which will kick off at African American Art & Culture Complex on Monday, January 16th. RPD staff and volunteers will be cleaning playgrounds, weeding, turf edging and planter weeding in the neighborhoods.
In addition, RPD will add Dr. King’s image to its logo starting Friday, January 13, 2012, in hope to honor and remember his legacy and continue to raise awareness of the importance of our civil rights and liberty.