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.

A black and white drawing of 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:

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy of community service:

Register to become a Hayward community volunteer:

Emergency Volunteer Center 

Make a donation:

Hayward Community Fund 



Michael Sweeney

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. 

Kiera Domulot-Gonzalez

8th Grade

Ochoa Middle School

“Man in the Mirror” Song

Kiera from Ochoa Middle School sings “Man in the Mirror.”

Michael Sweeney

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.


Jacqueline Lafitte

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.

Ramses Hernandez-Valenzuela

7th Grade

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.

Azariya Walker

5th Grade

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

Vocal Artist

Professor Silvester Henderson


“Lift Every Voice & Sing” National African American Hymn

Freddye Davis

President, Hayward South Alameda County NAACP

Marilyn Baker-Madsen

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. 

Barbara Halliday

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.

Presented By

Chabot College

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