PIEDMONT -- The community is invited to celebrate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a commemoration Monday.
The annual program will get under way about 12:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring potluck items reflecting their diversity to share before the event, a tradition.
City leaders will speak, including Piedmont Mayor John Chiang and school board President Rick Raushenbush. The Oakland Youth Chorus and Oaktown Jazz Workshop will provide musical entertainment. That will be followed by a screening of King's famous speech, "I Have a Dream."
King, born Jan. 15, 1929, was assassinated on April 4, 1968. He was 39. James Earl Ray was convicted of the crime and died in prison in 1998.
King, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, advocated nonviolent civil disobedience to advance the cause of civil rights.
What: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration
When: 11:30 a.m. Monday
Where: Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave.