Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Birthday Celebration Event
Hayward community leaders, the Hayward South Alameda County NAACP, Chabot College, Hayward Unified School District and the City of Hayward invite Hayward residents to enjoy a special video tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The annual in-person Hayward Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Event held each year in the evening of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at Reed L. Buffington Visual & Performing Art Center has been cancelled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In its place, the Birthday Celebration Event Committee assembled a compilation of musical and spoken word performances, conversations and other contributions from students, a past event keynote speaker and community leaders to celebrate the great civil rights leader and consider his legacy amid the extraordinary events of the past year.
Watch the special tribute on our Youtube Channel below Monday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m.:
Other ways to view:
- Stream on Youtube
- Or watch on Comcast Local Channel 15
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Former, City of Hayward Mayor
Welcome and Introduction
Mr. Sweeney welcomes the viewers, introduces many of the presenters throughout the video and gave some insight on looking out for each other as we overcome COVID.
Dr. Susan Sperling
President, Chabot College
Welcome on behalf of Chabot College, introduces Chabot College Choir
Dr. Sperling welcomes the community on behalf of Chabot. She also speaks to hoping that we will be able to overcome COVID-19 and be together next year.
|Chabot College Choir|
“Rise Up” Song
Chabot College Choir performs the song “Rise Up” by Andra Day to a video montage based on 2020 and how our community has dealt with COVID-19 and stood up against social injustice.
Dr. Matt Wayne
Superintendent, Hayward Unified School District
Introduces Hayward Unified School District performers
Dr. Wayne introduces Hayward Unified School District. He speaks to how celebrating Dr. King and his legacy of fighting for civil rights is particularly meaningful for us this year. In August, the HUSD School Board passed an equity and anti-racism policy.
Ochoa Middle School
“Man in the Mirror” Song
Kiera from Ochoa Middle School sings “Man in the Mirror.”
Former, City of Hayward Mayor
Dr. Clayborne Carson
Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of History, Stanford University
A Conversation between Mr. Sweeney and Dr. Carson
Dr. Carson directed The King's Papers Project and published The Papers of Martin Luther King Jr. In 2005, he founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute. In his conversation, Dr. Carson discusses what he thinks Dr. King would say about the past years' events and the parallels between the current Black Lives Matter movement and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's.
Cherryland Drama Coach
Introduces Cherryland Drama Club Performances
Ms. Lafitte describes the Cherryland Drama club and introduces two of her students who will be performing: Ramses and Azariya.
Winton Middle School
Dr. King’s prayer for civil rights
Ramses speaks about how Dr. King’s prayers for civil rights have made this world a better place and how our society has had to live the past year with COVID-19.
Cherryland Elementary School
Black Lives Matter
Azariya speaks to how drama club has helped her gain confidence in herself and how the Black Lives Matter movement has inspired her to stand up for herself.
Rev. Richard Hayes
Professor Silvester Henderson
|“Lift Every Voice & Sing” National African American Hymn|
President, Hayward South Alameda County NAACP
City of Hayward, Ret.
History of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration and the Community Award
Ms. Davis and Ms. Baker-Madsen give a history of the City’s MLK Jr. Birthday Celebration. They also talk about the past recipients of the community award.
Mayor, City of Hayward
Dr. King’s legacy particularly the sprit of volunteerism and community service
Mayor Halliday speaks to Dr. King’s legacy particularly the sprit of volunteerism and community service. In 2020 volunteerism was at the heart of the city’s response to COVID19 including the amazing out poor of community member who supported the Food Distribution site.
City of Hayward
Hayward South Alameda County NAACP
Hayward Unified School District
Carl Baker-Madsen, City of Hayward, Ret.
Marilyn Baker-Madsen, City of Hayward, Ret.
Freddy M. Davis, President, Hayward South Alameda County NAACP
Zachary Ebadi, City of Hayward
Bernadette Fife, Chabot College
Chuck Finnie, City of Hayward
Barbara Halliday, Mayor, City of Hayward
Bonnie Hansen, Alpha Omega Delta Kappa Gamma
Dionicia Ramos, Hayward Unified School District
Michael Sweeney, Former Mayor, City of Hayward
Nick Tabari, City of Hayward
Dr. Matt Wayne, Superintendent, Hayward Unified School District
Virginia Williamson, Alpha Omega Delta Kappa Gamma
Connie Willis, Community Member
Deonne Kunkel-Woo, Chabot College
Ralph Morales, 2020
Chuck Horner, 2019
Kay Thomas, 2019
Blytha Bowers, 2018
Zachary Ebadi, 2017
Kari McAllister, 2016
Sheryl Boykins, 2015
Carl & Marilyn Baker-Madsen, 2014
Darryl McAllister, 2013
Freedom Reign, 2012
Former Mayor Michael Sweeney, 2011
Charles Plummer, 2010
Gail Steele, 2010
Reverend John Thomas, 2009
Odessa Staggers, 2008
Valerie Snart, 2007
Bishop J. W. Macklin, 2006
Francisco Zermeño, 2005
AmeriCorps, Chabot College, 2004
Kathi Booth, 2003
Nancy Schluntz, 2003
Sandra Iglehart, 2002
Marilyn Baker-Madsen, 2001
Venius Winn, 2000
Gloria Grant-Wilson, 1999
James Knuppe, 1998
Carol Henrie, 1997
Clarence Gilmore, 1997
Carolyn Greene, 1996
Marlin Foxworth, 1996
Alwine Fenton, 1995
Freddye M. Davis, 1994
Michael Bell, 1993