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Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Celebration in El Cerrito
Monday, January 18, 2016
The City of El Cerrito, St. Peter Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the El Cerrito Branch NAACP, and the West Contra Costa County Unified School District are proud to sponsor the 27th annual El Cerrito Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.

The program theme this year is: "Keeping the Dream Alive: Black Lives Matter"

Download the 2016 flyer

Make an online donation to the City of El Cerrito to support the El Cerrito Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.

At 9:00 am, everyone is invited to gather in front of City Hall (10890 San Pablo Ave). Participants may park in the El Cerrito D.M.V. Parking Lot (6400 Manila Avenue). 

The parade will start around 9:30am. The parade will proceed along San Pablo Avenue, up Moeser Lane to Ashbury Avenue and arrive at El Cerrito High School.

Everyone is invited to the rally at the El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Center (540 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito)
The celebration includes entertainment, music, dance, singing and family fun. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Doors open at 10am, program starts at 10:30am. Program is approximately 60-90 minutes.

Master of Ceremonies: Assembly member Tony Thurmond
Keynote Speaker: Judge Diana Becton. 
Download the 2016 Rally Program

Attend a free screening of "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" at 5:00 pm at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito (10070 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito). The Indie Lens Pop Up presentation is offered in partnership with Rialto Cinemas Cerrito. Limited seating is on a first come, first served basis.

PLEASE NOTE: There was an error in the City of El Cerrito Recreation Activity Guide. This film will be presented at 5:00 pm, not 6:00 pm as listed in the Guide.

Watch the film trailer.

About the film: A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.  The documentary is not rated so viewer discretion is advised.

For more information, or to get involved, please contact event coordinator Patricia Durham at (510) 234-2518.

NEW! Now you can make an online donation to the City of El Cerrito to support the El Cerrito Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.

Previous Celebrations
Visit the Photo Gallery to see pictures from previous years' celebrations

Also, see some of local photographer Dale F Mead's photos from 2013 online at