SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Numerous events to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day were held around San Diego Monday, led off at 7 a.m. by the 18th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast.
Joanne Bland, founder of the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Ala., spoke at the event, discussing "Bloody Sunday," the day in 1965 when state troopers and local law enforcement in Selma assaulted more than 500 civil rights demonstrators, injuring more than 50 of them.
In Oceanside, the North San Diego chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted its annual prayer breakfast and birthday celebration for the slain civil rights leader at the Junior Seau Beach Community Center under the Oceanside Pier.
Recently installed San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who took part in the Freedom Rides in the early days of the civil rights movement, spoke at the 25th annual All People's Celebration at the San Diego Public Market. Beginning in
1961, "freedom riders" rode buses into the South to challenge segregation laws, and they were frequently met with violence by white supremacists.
Also Monday, nearly 100 employees of Kaiser Permanente cleaned, sorted, bagged and boxed food items at the San Diego Food Bank for distribution to the needy, while several dozen union members cleaned litter from Parkside Park and the surrounding neighborhood in Paradise Hills.
Radio station Star 94.1 hosted a blood drive for the San Diego Blood Bank at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.
Deputies shot and killed a man Monday afternoon during a confrontation at an East County apartment complex.
Among the Paradise residents that lost their homes to the Camp Fire were several graduates of Chula Vista High School.
Democrats have won two Republican-held California state Senate seats in the Central Valley, giving the party veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday announced the closure of three northbound lanes at San Ysidro and one lane at Otay Mesa in preparation of the migrant caravan.
Santa Ana winds picked up again Monday and were expected to continue into Tuesday as firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties worked to hold back the flames.
Authorities called in a mobile DNA lab and anthropologists to help identify the dead as the search went on for victims of the most destructive wildfire in California history. The overall death toll from the outbreak of fires at both ends of the state stood at 25 Sunday and appeared likely to rise.
The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) has been active in San Diego for nearly a decade and was leading the fight for rent control in the election only days ago. Now the Chula Vista nonprofit is reduced to ashes after investigators say someone deliberately set their office on fire.
A 14-year-old El Capitan High School student was arrested over the Veterans Day weekend for allegedly making threats against his school via social media, authorities reported Monday.
The dark web. It sounds like a mysterious place, but what is it, really? FBI Special Agent Chris Christopherson took News 8’s Marcella Lee inside this underground world, giving her a first-hand look at the nefarious transactions that take place there.
Because San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has activated a public safety power shutoff in certain parts of the county, the following school districts will be closed on Tuesday, November 13th.