Martin Luther King speaks to an anti-Vietnam war rally at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul on April 27, 1967. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.
Martin Luther King speaks to an anti-Vietnam war rally at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul on April 27, 1967. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

San Diego will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend with community breakfasts, a parade downtown, interfaith public service, a gospel-music concert and a celebration in Balboa Park.

The events begin with the 30th Annual YMCA of San Diego County MLK Breakfast on Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Town & Country Resort. San Diego Community College District Chancellor Constance M. Carroll is being honored with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Dignity Award. The event is sold out with more than 1,200 attendees.

Yavilah McCoy. Courtesy Congregation Beth Israel

On Saturday at 7 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel will honor King’s legacy with an evening of gospel and religious music. Fourth generation African-American Jew and gospel singer Yavilah McCoy will lead the Beth Israel choir. The program will explore the ways music can widen commitments to justice and activism. Tickets are available online.

On Sunday afternoon, the 35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., parade begins at 2 p.m. on Harbor Drive along the San Diego Embarcadero. The parade is one of the largest in the country and features floats, bands, drill teams and many community organizations. It’s sponsored by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the oldest African-American fraternity, founded in 1906.

On Monday, when many businesses will be closed for the national holiday, local churches and synagogues are sponsoring an interfaith day of pubic service in the park. Starting at 9 a.m., volunteers will help clean up the park and then celebrate with lunch and music.

Also on Monday, the San Diego Community College District is co-sponsoring the 27th All Peoples Celebration at the Balboa Park Activity Center.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.