Marin City highlights Black community during Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration

January 16, 2023

The future advancement of Marin’s Black community was at the forefront of Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Marin City.

The event, held at the namesake school Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, served as a solemn, but determined recounting of the challenges facing the county’s historically underserved community in the years to come.

“A diverse group of people came out and came together,” said Kiyah Freeman, an eighth-grader at the school. “People being here shows that they care. People came out to support.”

Booths –– for Marin City Climate Resilience and Health Justice, voting registration, Marin County Health Improvement Plan and Wise Choices for Girls –– were set up in the auditorium. Over 200 people attended the afternoon program, which preceded a morning issues discussion and symposium.

Advocates said they hoped the event would spur residents to action.


Marin City’s county and state representatives offered remarks attesting to the legacy of King and committing to the ongoing work in Marin City.

Congressman Jared Huffman, a Democrat from San Rafael, said he sought to connect the missions of environmental and social justice.

“Not mission accomplished. We obviously have a lot of work to do,” he said.


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By:  Giuseppe Ricapito
Source: Marin IJ