San Diego MLK Celebrations
Martin Luther King Day is a federally recognized holiday that celebrates the life and achievements of civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King was a firm believer in peaceful protests to bring racial segregation to an end. Sadly, his influential life came to a sudden halt when in 1968, he was brutally assassinated.
A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Martin Luther King is most famously remembered for his powerful speech that began with the words, “I have a dream.” Fortunately, in the years following his death, that dream became a reality. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, and racial segregation ended.
San Diego residents have much to look forward to this coming Martin Luther King Day. Aside from many businesses being closed, which gives you a three day weekend to enjoy, the City of San Diego goes all out and then some to keep Martin Luther King’s memory alive!
The Ninth Annual Martin Luther King Luncheon
Everyone enjoys a little socialization and a good bite to eat, but instead of chowing down on your usual order at the Water grill, you can take advantage of a complimentary (yes, free) lunch courtesy of the USS Midway Museum as you listen to this year’s guest speaker, Dr. Robert L. Satcher.
Everyone is invited, but you will need to RSVP to save your seat. And don’t delay, either! Free lunch offers are usually snagged fairly quickly!
Big Salsa Festival San Diego
Of course, Martin Luther King was an influential African American man, who probably never danced merengue or dined on Latin cuisine, but this celebration is all about diversity, not nationality. It’s an awesome opportunity to partake in dance classes, sample delicious foods, watch live performances, attend nightly parties, and learn about different cultures.
There will be something to keep your boots stomping all weekend long, and the celebration will be fun for the entire family. The Big Salsa Festival will be held at Marriott Mission Valley, and it’s an event that both San Diego residents and visitors definitely need to check out!
32nd Martin Luther King Day Celebration
The City of San Diego is huge on diversity and makes a point of celebrating Martin Luther King Day annually. This year will be San Diego’s 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Celebration held at the World Beat Cultural Center.
While the Big Salsa Festival will have you learning to swing your hips to merengue, this celebration is all about Black History, so you will enjoy watching West African dance performances and jamming out to a live show by the hip-hop band, Junkyard Dance Crew.
Additionally, there will be craft and cultural vendors present in the marketplace for shopping and browsing. The One World Café will be serving food. This event is free and open to all who wish to attend, but it is requested for you to wear your mask.
I Have a Dream Virtual Race
Understandably, you may want to enjoy Martin Luther King Day from the comfort and safety of your own home, but you can still recognize this important civil rights leader and make an honorary contribution to your community from your home computer.
The “I Have a Dream Virtual Race” is open to everyone from everywhere and 15% all funds raised are used to benefit the Equal Justice Initiative. Although it’s unclear as to how a virtual race would be conducted, you are able to complete it at your own pace from your home. While there is a required registration fee, a portion of that will go towards combatting racial and social injustices.
San Diego School Closings
San Diego Public Schools will be closed on Monday Jan 17, 2022 to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Although this is exactly a celebration (especially not for parents), it’s worth mentioning that the kids will have the day off, too.
Fortunately, there is no shortage of exciting events in San Diego on Martin Luther King weekend that will keep your entire family occupied and having the time of your lives!