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 tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hayward will pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a program of music and song, a community-award recognition, and a keynote address by musical educator Professor Silvester Henderson starting at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024 at the Reed L. Buffington Visual & Performing Arts Center on the Chabot College campus.

The annual Hayward celebration of the great social justice and civil rights leader takes place each January on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday—and is sponsored by the Hayward South Alameda County NAACP, Chabot College, the City of Hayward and Hayward Unified School District. 

Event keynote speaker Professor Henderson is a nationally recognized professor, educator, conference motivational speaker, business owner, real estate investor, community artistic organizer, musician and artist, conductor and internet blog personality.  In 1985, he founded the University of California, Berkeley, Young Inspirational Gospel Choir, which sang to large crowds at venues such as Zellerbach Hall, toured internationally, recorded albums, and came to be named “the finest university gospel choir in the nation” by the Smithsonian Institution. 

In addition to Professor Henderson’s keynote address, there will be performances by Palma Ceia Baptist Church Singers, the Hayward High School Jazz Band and the Chabot College Choir. 

The event is open to the public and will not require a ticket.

Watch the event live here


Carl Baker-Madsen, City of Hayward, Ret.

Michael Bazeley, Hayward Unified School District

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, Former Mayor, City of Hayward

Michael Sweeney, Former Mayor, City of Hayward

Virginia Williamson, Alpha Omega Delta Kappa Gamma

Connie Willis, Community Member

Mark Salinas, Mayor, City of Hayward

Pastor Anthony Woods, Community Member

Dr. Jason Reimann, Hayward Unified School District Superintendent

Judy Harrison, 2023

Arzo Mehdavi, 2023

La Familia, 2023

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