"The arc of the moral universe...bends toward justice."



Healthy Communities

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."

Our Healthy Communities initiative promotes health, wellness, sustainability and preparedness in and among underserved communities through festivals and other direct community programs designed to bring greater access to the doorstep of those in need.


Learning Communities

"Intelligence plus character -- that is the goal of true education."

The Learning Communities initiative envisions an environment where all can learn and deserve an opportunity to succeed. Through the literary, visual and media arts, we help to increase the joy of learning and the vital requirement of literacy in the functioning of daily life.


Celebrating Communities

"Free at last...Free at last...Thank God almighty; I'm free at last."

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebrations in San Francisco bring thousands of celebrants together annually to honor the legacy of Dr. King every third Monday in January at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Gardens.

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The MLK Virtual Service Corridor

"The time is always right to do what is right."

The Foundation is establishing local service and information portals to assist in pointing people toward service projects in their area. Through our e-publication, Connecting Point Magazine, we showcase service stories around northern California.

The Honorable Willie B Kennedy Service Award

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."

NorcalMLK inaugurated its signal individual civic service recognition, The Honorable Willie B Kennedy Service Award, in January 2014 in honor of our founding chairperson and one of the longest serving elected officials in the history of San Francisco.

The Drum Major Awards

"Not everyone can be famous, but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service."

With the goal of promoting increased service among the area's business community, the Foundation has created its signal service recognition, the Drum Major Award, awarding businesses that achieve recognized levels of community engagement and service.

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