Every year, my family meets up with the Freedom March at the corner of 3rd and Harrison Streets in San Francisco and marches into Yerba Buena Gardens for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day festival. We walk through Dr. King’s fountain, listen to the speakers and the choir and teach “Baby Girl” about Dr. King’s work and vision. Plus, of course it’s a great opportunity to run into old friend and support young artists!
Then…. I change hats and make my way over to the Nourse Theater to stage manage Youth Speak’s annual “Bringing The Noise For Dr. King”. This year marks my 22nd year volunteering. These young people, mostly between the ages of 12-19 years old are charged with the task of carrying on Dr. King’s oratory legacy, not only with their words but with their actions as well. Youth Speak’s webpage says it best;
“Witness the next generation of poets celebrate and expand on Dr. King’s dream in their voice as leaders and creators of societal change.”
I love how The Bay celebrates Dr. King and I’m always honored to contribute!
xo Sterling James