Celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.


The City of Palo Alto and Youth Community Service honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday with a community celebration filled with activities, performances and music.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day takes place annually on the third Monday of every January and remembers the birthday of the civil rights leader.

People of all ages came together at the Mitchell Park Community Center for a three-hour celebration. Young children scrambled around attentive parents as they put together care packages for children at the Ronald McDonald House and made blankets for the homeless. Parents helped their younger children write letters to elected officials, while the audio recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. swept through in the background.

Local organizations like the YMCA set up booths around the main quad providing information about their work and how others can get involved. Educating the public with historical elements and informative visuals, the area was decorated with posters and art work of important civil rights leaders.

As adults and children enjoyed a festive event, people of all backgrounds came together to commemorate the meaning behind Martin Luther King Day.