San Jose Peace & Justice Center

mlk82 years after his birth and 48 years after the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, the world witnessed a significant and historic milestone in the election of the first American president of color. Join the King Library and many others as we celebrate the continuing legacy of this pivotal figure in U.S. history.

Jan. 14 (Noon-2 p.m.) – Dr. King’s Birthday Celebration

MLK Library, 1st & 3rd Floors

Enjoy a birthday cake celebration, a traditional African drumming ceremony, and community testimonials.

  Jan. 14 (4-5:30 p.m.) – Arts and Crafts: Jeli-Tyme Doll Making

MLK Library, Exploration Room

Join Jaliya and friends as they teach children to make their own dolls.  Ages 5 and up.


Feb. 5 (Noon-2 p.m.) – Freedom March  

Meet at MLK Library, march will take place throughout SJSU

Participants are encouraged to march while holding a poster/banner representing: Freedom/Liberty, Equality, Justice, Cultural/Ethnic Diversity and Competence, Economical Development and other MLK principles. 

Feb. 5 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) – Resource Fair MLK Library, 4th St. Lobby

Local organizations will on on-site to hand out information about their services to the community.

Feb. 5 (2- 4p.m.) – Liberation Theology: Critical Need to Revitalize the Black Church MLK Library, Rms 255/257

A panel will present information regarding the black church during the civil rights movement in comparison with its present status and where it needs to be to reflect the dream of Dr. King.


Feb. 8 (7-9 p.m.) – Relevance of Dr. King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” to Churches MLK Library, Rm 525

A panel will provide extensive dialog regarding the interpretation of Dr. King’s message in his letter to churches regarding empowering congregations to seek justice while on earth.


Feb. 15 (7-9 p.m.) – Dr. King’s Contributions to Freedom, Peace, Equality, Education and Justice MLK Library, Rm 525

A panel presentation discussing Dr. King’s contributions to and influence on the following areas: freedom, peace, equality, education and justice.


Feb. 16 (7-9 p.m.) – The Role of Students in Advancing Civil Rights MLK Library, Rm 525

A panel of students recollects the role of students during the civil rights movement. 


Feb. 23 (7-9 p.m.) – Dr. King’s Views on Violence, Non-violence and Racism MLK Library, Rm 525

The presentation will provide an assessment of Dr. King’s perspectives regarding violence, nonviolence and racism. 


March 24 (7-9 p.m.) – Dr. King and César Chávez: A Common Legacy San José Peace and Justice Center, 48 S. Seventh Street, San José

A panel will examine how the struggles and movements of Dr. King and César Chávez shared common methods and goals towards social justice and equality.


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