Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Yerba Buena Gardens hosts "Sustaining the Dream: Through Community and Service" today in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. The Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Museum of the African Diaspora are offering free admission all day, with special programs for children and teens, along with discounts and free activities at area retailers and shops.
The day-long festivities at Yerba Buena include a Mind, Body and Soul Festival, along with the inaugural San Francisco Literary and Children’s Reading Festival with special discussions and talks with leaders in literature, service, and politics.
In the Novellus Theater, the Marcus Shelby Orchestra will play compositions from the new “Soul of the Movement” suite as part of a special production presentation, “King in Five Vignettes”, featuring a host of noted performers and inspirational speakers and leaders.
At 11 this morning, there will be a commemorative march originating at the Caltrain Depot and ending at Yerba Buena Gardens. The march celebrates the 45th anniversary of the march on Selma, Alabama, led by clerics and faith leaders. Additionally the Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown will be honored for his lifetime of service to the civil rights movement.