Because only together we can make a difference

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee
Santa barbara

2022 Weekend of Events

January 14 
 Evening, MLK Jr. celebration with Congregation B’nai B’rith
 Youth Essay or Poetry reading 
January 15 
  National Day of Service
January 16 
Worship service faith of your choice -recognizing MLK Jr (See Faith Organization list)
January 17th MLK day 
Morning Program, De La Guerra Plaza, downtown Santa Barbara
  • Melanin Gallery – Hub for activities
  • Space to honor those who came before us
  • Black art from the past to create something
  • Trolly tour/Walking tour -Identifying local historical Black places
  • African American Book


"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Mission Statement

The mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara is to foster positive relationships between the many diverse groups in the Santa Barbara Community and the surrounding areas; to sponsor programs and events which exemplify the teachings of Dr. King; and to observe and celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

Who We Are

Our committee is dedicated to bringing awareness to the Santa Barbara community

The King Federal Holiday Commission in planning the first celebration in 1986, saw the holiday as “a day for love, not hate; for understanding, not anger; for peace, not war. “ The Commission further declared that it would be a “day when people of all races, religions, classes and stations in life put aside their differences and join in a spirit of togetherness.


Upcoming Events

January 2022
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What We Do

We Honor
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year a fundamental question arises. Young people especially want to know, “Why do we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? The following is a brief analysis which can be duplicated and shared.

MLK Essay & Poetry

$1000 in Prizes for Local Youth and Teens.


The Celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, in Santa Barbara is a free event for our community. We believe that we all can be enriched by the legacy of Dr. King’s life and work.

MLK Day Legacy of Service

In Memoriam

"Our lives end the day we keep silent about things that matter”

George Floyd
Tony McDade
Armaud Arbery
BreonNa Taylor
Michael Brown
Eric Garner
Sean Bell
Sandra Bland
Philando Castile
Tamir Rice
Freddie Gray
Trayvon Martin

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