The El Cerrito community will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a two-day event. The celebration kicks off at the Rialto Theatre, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, on Sunday, January 14 at 4:00 pm. The community will enjoy the screening of the documentary film Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes.
On Monday, January 15, 2018, the celebration will continue with a parade and will culminate with a festive rally and program at the El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theatre.
This year marks the twenty-ninth consecutive MLK Day celebration in the City of El Cerrito and the goal of the event is to inspire community members to remember the struggle for civil rights, celebrate the victories, and consider how to support the continuing quest for civil right and social equity.
Groups and individuals community wide are invited to join the celebration. Community members who wish to march in the parade are to meet at El Cerrito City Hall Plaza, 10890 San Pablo, El Cerrito, CA at 8:30 am on Monday morning. The parade will proceed down San Pablo Avenue, up Moeser Lane, down Ashbury Avenue to arrive at El Cerrito High School by approximately 10:15 a.m. The rally and program at El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theatre will begin at approximately 10:30 am. The Theater will open at 10:00 a.m. to the public.
This year’s keynote speaker is Reverend Dr. Darrell J. Wesley of Riverside, California. Dr. Wesley is a chaplain in the US Navy. Hailing from Chattanooga, Tennessee, he holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary and a PhD degree in Theology, Ethics and Culture from Claremont Graduate University.
The event is sponsored by the City of El Cerrito, St. Peter Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the El Cerrito Branch NAACP and the West Contra Costa County Unified School District.
For more information, go to www.el-cerrito.org or contact event coordinator Patricia Durham at 510.234.2518.