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The place to have fun MLK Day, Black Historical past Month in Sonoma County

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal vacation marking the birthday of the celebrated civil rights chief.

Throughout the nation, many individuals and organizations spend the day volunteering of their communities, within the spirit of Rev. King, and studying extra about his legacy. In Sonoma County, too, individuals shall be out volunteering collectively and celebrating King’s impression from him.

It leads as much as Black Historical past Month in February, with upcoming occasions, talks and performances in Sonoma County highlighting Black historical past, achievements, artwork, music and extra. See our record of the way you’ll be able to participate, and tell us if we missed an occasion we are able to add to our itemizing.

Marking MLK Day

Jan 15: The Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration is a free digital occasion to honor King’s work for civil rights, social justice and equality. The neighborhood is invited to hitch this Zoom occasion, offered by the MLK Birthday Celebration Committee, that includes performances by the MLK Celebration Mass Choir, Benjamin Mertz, Louis Jenkins, Presenting Dela the Fella and Tina Rogers. Rejoice with music, poetry, dance, speeches, scholar oratories, artwork awards and extra.

From 6:30 to eight pm Be part of the Zoom occasion with the ID 88248455259, passcode 172836. It’s also possible to discover extra info and watch the dwell stream on

Jan 16: Volunteer domestically with the Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks division throughout their clean-up occasion at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1208 Hendley St., Santa Rosa. Volunteers will assist beautify the park by choosing up litter, spreading mulch, weeding and extra. Instruments and light-weight refreshments shall be offered. Deliver household and pals to pitch in collectively. Extra info at

Jan 16: In recognition of MLK Day, Berkely artist Jos Sances will speak about his large-scale work, “Or, The Whale” on exhibit on the Sebastopol Middle for the Arts and display the scratchboard method he used to create the 51-foot art work. The work paperwork themes of environmentalism and social justice, together with King’s battle for civil rights. 1 to three pm for ages 16 and up, 10 am to midday for ages 9 to fifteen. $20 donation to attend, $15 for youth 9 to fifteen. Extra info at

Black Historical past Month celebrations

Feb 3: As a part of its Black Historical past Month celebration, the Petaluma Historic Library and Museum will host a live performance by native classic jazz and blues group The doRiaN Mode. Bob Johns performs piano/trumpet, with David Scott on saxophone and flute, Tony Blake on drums and Dorian Bartley on bass and vocals.

In keeping with the museum’s web site, Bartley shaped the group in 2013 to discover the roots of jazz. Born in Detroit to an African American father and white mom, she “grew up in a household that valued music as an expression of artwork, id and politics. She loves jazz and its steadiness between inventive freedom and construction, the enjoyable of swing and phrasing.”

7 to 9 pm Doorways open at 6:30 pm Tickets $35 for downstairs and $40 for balcony seating. 20 Fourth St., Petaluma. Extra info and tickets at

Feb 7: Take part memorializing King and his legacy with Sonoma State College’s HUB Cultural Middle stroll to the memorial on the SSU Lakes. The stroll honors King’s dedication to non-violent social justice and his work for authorized equality for Black Individuals. It’s endorsed to satisfy with the HUB workers outdoors of SSU’s Scholar Middle at midday for the stroll to the Lakes or meet on the Lakes shortly after. For extra info, e-mail 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Feb 18: A neighborhood city corridor at SSU, “Amplifying Black Voices in Sonoma County,” goals to create a welcoming area for dialogue between Black college students, workers and school, in addition to Black neighborhood members in Sonoma County. The occasion at Stevenson Corridor 1400 on SSU’s campus will present room for listening, studying and sharing experiences. Following the occasion, attendees can get pleasure from refreshments and appetizers. For extra info, e-mail 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

Feb 19: The Museum of Sonoma County and Petaluma Blacks for Group Improvement will host a dialogue with modern Black artists about their work, particularly the theme of resistance of their artwork. Sonoma County metallic artist Denise Ward will reasonable the speak with artists Unity Lewis, Michael Granville, TheArthur Wright and BAMR The Artist. Tickets: $10, or $5 for museum members. For extra info, go to

Feb 28: The primary Black Pleasure Fest, this celebration at SSU of Black liberation and pleasure goals to “promote unity on campus, have fun the journey and development of Black historical past, in addition to interact in cross-cultural trade.”

Go to the celebration from midday to 1:30 pm on the Seawolf Plaza on the SSU campus. For extra info, e-mail or go to 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park.

You may attain intern Lonnie Hayes at

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