This year’s Martin Luther King Day celebration and march will be held in Hayward on Monday, January 21, 2019 starting at 9:30 AM, at City Hall Plaza, 777 B Street (at Watkins). South Hayward Parish (“SHP”), a community of local congregations that runs food distribution, shelter, civic engagement and referral programs, and has advocated on issues of poverty and social justice in Hayward for more than 50 years sponsors this annual event. The theme of this year’s event is Housing for All.
Dr. King was a tireless advocate for fair housing. Students of the Civil Rights movement agree that the Chicago Open Housing Movement, which Dr. King initiated in 1966, laid the groundwork for the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which outlaws discrimination in renting or selling homes based on an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status. However, in our community and many others, thousands are homeless, the result of steady gentrification of our communities and increasing housing costs.
The rally will include music, readings from Dr. King, and a talk by Hayward City Councilperson Sara Lamnin, a past president of SHP member Congregation Shir Ami of Castro Valley. After the rally at City Hall Plaza, there will be a march for through the streets of downtown Hayward. The event will conclude with closing remarks after the march at about 11:30. All are welcome at this event.