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Archived News Release from 2009

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Community Invited to 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations

Redwood City, CA - January 13, 2009 - The City of Redwood City, San Mateo County, East Palo Alto, and San Mateo invite the community to a special Peninsula-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration! It starts with a keynote event taking place at the San Mateo County History Museum at Courthouse Square in Downtown Redwood City on Sunday, January 18, 2009, from 2 to 4 pm. To honor Dr. King, the premier of Marcus Shelby’s composition on Martin Luther King, Jr. will be performed by the full Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra.

There will be two sets, starting at 2:15 and 3:15 pm. Shelby is a renowned bay area musician, composer, orchestra leader, and educator. He was the 2008 MLK Jr. Day Honorary Chairperson.

As part of the composing process, Shelby met with students from elementary, middle, high school, and community colleges in San Mateo County about Dr. King and the meaning of his message in today’s world. The composition was commissioned specifically for this event and was funded by a grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Commission sponsors are Jefferson Elementary School District, Sequoia Union High School District, and Skyline Community College.

Then on Monday, January 19, the Peninsula’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration continues with a pre-program of arts projects at 8:30 am at the Downtown San Mateo Caltrain Station. The celebration and continental breakfast begin at 9 am and will recognize the 2009 Honorary Chairperson Rev. Paul Bains of St. Samuel Church in East Palo Alto. Rev. Bains is a leader in numerous community organizations. The 2009 Honored Organization will be teachers who reflect the teaching role of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and inspire their students in the areas of justice, understanding, civic engagement, diversity awareness and a commitment to community building. Other sponsors include Allied Waste Systems, Notre Dame de Namur University, Burlingame Plaza Shopping Center, McDonalds, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Peninsula participants can then join 1,500 other Freedom Train riders to San Francisco MLK, Jr. Day events. The San Mateo Downtown Caltrain station is the Freedom Train’s only San Mateo County stop, arriving at approximately 10 am. Special Freedom Train tickets are sold only at the MLK, Jr. Day Celebration at that station. Regular CalTrain tickets are not valid. Freedom Train tickets are good on any return train that day. There is no cost for the Sunday Event or the Monday Celebration. For further details, please see the San Mateo County MLK, Jr. Day website -

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Teri Chin
Human Services Manager    
(650) 780-7510


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