Observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy Here in Benicia, and Beyond

Teaching the truth behind Dr. King’s legacy reminds us that the struggle for racial equality, is ongoing.

By learning about his life and ideals, we empower ourselves and subsequent generations to continue the fight for racial justice and a more equitable future.

There are several ways to observe and engage with Dr. King’s legacy in Benicia and Solano County this weekend. If you have kids, consider attending at least one. In particular, the “We Are All Related” series at the Benicia Public Library was created with youth education in mind, and is an excellent way to engage in thoughtful, inclusive activities that will keep children entertained as well as educated.

Sunday, January 12:

Tree-Planting Ceremony (Vallejo)

Come Plant a Tree at the city of Vallejo’s Legacy Grove Ceremony in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The ceremony will be from 9am to 12pm, Sunday, January 14, behind City Hall (555 Santa Clara Street) and near the back parking lot.

Snacks will be provided. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring your own water bottle. Join the City of Vallejo, along with CALFIRE, Solano County Volunteers, Student Conservation Association, and other partners to plant a tree and leave your legacy.


We Walk With Martin: Profiles In Unity Program and March (Benicia)

The We Walk with Martin: Profiles in Unity event will start at 2pm, Sunday, January 14, inside the Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street.

The “We Are ALL Related”series  is a new program at the Benicia Public Library that uses age-appropriate and family-friendly readings, presentations, and activities to help youth engage meaningfully with important discussions around racial justice and equity.  

“We Walk with Martin: Profiles in Unity” is an exploration of how King’s work and message stay current and relevant in the words and labors of others who strive to keep his dream alive. Participants will learn about the ongoing influence of Martin Luther King Jr. as his message continues to reverberate today and will have opportunity to share this message with others in a peaceful march through downtown Benicia.

Monday, January 15:

MLK March & Program with Vallejo NAACP (Vallejo)

The NAACP Vallejo Branch and the city of Vallejo have invited all community members to celebrate the remarkable legacy and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr. with a march at 9am on Monday, January 15. Following the march, there will be a program at 11am inside the Vallejo Room, on the first floor of the John F. Kennedy Public Library, 505 Santa Clara Street.