SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Hundreds of San Diegans honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Monday by attending events in his honor, including breakfasts and community cleanup projects.
The theme of the 23rd annual All People's Breakfast at the San Diego Convention Center was the power of social media, and how it can be harnessed by activists.
"They have more power at their fingertips to mobilize thousands and millions of people for social change than any (previous) social change movement," said Jehmu Greene, president of the Women's Media Center.
The 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast was held at the Joe & Vi Jacob Center in Valencia Park.
A number of organizations combined to pick up trash in San Diego's Rolando, Chollas Creek, San Carlos and Tierrasanta neighborhoods.
About 500 UC San Diego students and employees helped revitalize the Sherman Heights Community Center by painting tables and benches, pulling weeds and creating a garden area.
University of San Diego students and employees repainted the Bayside Community Center in Linda Vista and worked on a mural.
"Dr. King worked to create a just world through non-violent collective action," said Carlton Floyd, associate provost and co-director of USD's Center for Inclusion and Diversity. "Dr. King led by example, and that example encouraged many others to carry the burdens he chose to carry with him. Simply put, Dr. King was not alone."
About 200 Kaiser Permanente employees spent the day at the San Diego Food Bank sorting and bagging food for distribution to the needy.
"Given the current state of our economy, the demand at our local food banks is increasing and the need for volunteers at local nonprofits, shelters, schools, hospitals and senior centers throughout our community has never been greater," said Mary Ann Barnes, KP's senior vice president and executive director in San Diego.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first celebrated as a federal holiday in 1986 under a law signed by then-President Ronald Reagan. King and George Washington are the only Americans with federal holidays celebrating their birth.
King's activism in marches and speeches, most famously the "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963, helped foster the passage of civil rights laws and end segregation.
In 1964, at the age of 35, King became the youngest person up to that time to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., at the age of 39.
The San Diego Rescue Mission opened its doors to the homeless community on Saturday for its annual Thanksgiving celebration.
A man died after his body caught fire, police said Saturday. At 11:30 p.m. Friday, police received a call regarding a person on fire in a field near 5200 Pacific Highway in Mission Bay Park, according to the San Diego Police Department.
Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, local business owners and first responders teamed up for an all-to-real feeling hazard drill on Saturday.
A 5-year-old girl who was abducted from New York by her 32-year-old mother, who does not have custody of the child, was found safe Saturday in San Diego, police said.
Before Saturday, Marine veteran Joshua Ray, his wife and six children had just one vehicle to use for all of their family business, and Ray had to take the train from Oceanside to San Diego every day to get to work.
A sea of pink will travel through San Diego starting Friday for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. The 60 mile journey kicks off early Friday morning and ends Sunday evening at the final destination – the celebratory Closing Ceremony.
A man arrested on suspicion of committing a murder in Imperial Beach earlier this week remained jailed Saturday.
Spencer Abbott had two goals and two assists after missing two games and Eric Fehr scored twice in his debut with the San Diego Gulls in an 8-3 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners Friday night.
On Friday, a fourth woman came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault by a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as "Highway to Hell," ''Hell's Bells" and "Back in Black," has died.