Jan 16, 2016
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By Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia,

Monday, Jan. 18 is the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with celebrations and service opportunities around West Contra Costa County.  (See list below.)

Dr. King’s courageous struggle for civil rights and economic justice were powerful forces for change and empowerment for millions of people across the country and the world.

But his work must be carried on toward reducing poverty and achieving true equality for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. I’m deeply committed to these goals.

I hope you’ll join me in honoring the work and inspiration of Dr. King, as we continue to come together and advance his dream.

As Dr. King said: “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable … every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice.” 

Here are some great events:

Monday, Jan. 18


  • 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 are proud to sponsor the 27th annual El Cerrito Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.
    The program theme this year is: “Keeping the Dream Alive: Black Lives Matter”
    PARADE: At 9 am, everyone is invited to gather in front of City Hall (10890 San Pablo Ave). Participants may park in the El Cerrito D.M.V. Parking Lot (6400 Manila Avenue).

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Feb. 27

Richmond, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Black History Celebration at Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 3230 Macdonald Avenue/Richmond Civic Center. Speakers, meal, entertainment, prizes. Sponsored by the City of Richmond. $15 Tickets for sale in advance includes dinner, or pay $5 for non dinner ticket at the door. For more contact the Senior Center at 510-307-8087 or 510-620-6793.

This post first appeared on Supervisor Gioia’s email newsletter.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.