Short on heroes the past century may have been, yet one of its most impressive and effective remains Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While the focus of discussion has moved from segregated buses and bathrooms to network television whitewashing and stereotyped media images, few would argue that our nation could have made the progress it has without King. Even as President Clinton's Initiative on Race floats dead in the water, Dr. King continues to be remembered as a man who acted, though it cost him his life. This week, Bay Area artists, speakers, and institutions honor the civil rights leader with a variety of programs.
Supervisor Mabel Teng gives a lecture titled “Perspectives on New Civil Rights,” examining our nation's current stance on civil rights. The lecture begins Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. in Room 300, Health Sciences West, UCSF Campus, 513 Parnassus. Free; call 476-4394.
Golden Gate University Professor of Law David Oppenheimer speaks on “Part of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy: The Origins of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.” The lecture will be held Thursday at noon, in Auditorium C, Golden Gate University, 536 Mission (between 10th & 11th streets), S.F. Free; call 442-6636.
Ronnie Goodman's exhibition of paintings “The Rhythm of Fine Art” is dedicated to the memory of Dr. King and features several King-inspired works. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., at Javalencia Cafe, 920 Valencia (between 21st & 22nd streets), S.F. Free; call 550-0444.
Dub Mission presents a Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration with Portland's counterrevolutionary live (yes, live) dub crew Systemwide, joined by DJs Sep, Ron, and S-Dub on the decks. The show is on Sunday at 9 p.m., at the Elbo Room, 647 Valencia (near 17th Street), S.F. Admission is $6; call 552-7788.
The Rev. Dr. Dorsey Blake and Dr. Jo Sanzgiri host a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, with a speech on Dr. King and Mahatma Gandhi's similar quests for social justice through nonviolent protest. The event will be held Monday from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Taylor United Methodist Church, 1188 12th St. (at Adeline), Oakland. Offering requested; call (510) 835-4827.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated at the Bay Area Discovery Museum with performances, storytelling, and a community quilt. The celebration will be Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito. Free with admission (free to $7); call 487-4398.
A Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance, including a freedom train ride, rally, and march, will take place Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission (at Third Street), S.F. Free; call 978-ARTS.
Youth Speaks presents an evening of spoken word performance with “Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” The show is Monday at 8 p.m. at ODC Theater, 3153 17th St. (at Shotwell), S.F. Admission is $5; call 661-6927.