Welcome to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Sacramento!


Thank you to all of our 2019 MLK Celebration sponsors and attendees. It was a spectacular evening and a 20th anniversary celebration that will not be forgotten.

Plan on joining us on Saturday, January 25, 2020 for our annual event.


Join us for this very special evening!

Everyday our community and region is working to achieve the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  For the past 20 years, the MLK Committee in Sacramento has created an event that pays tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. King.  We invite you to commemorate, celebrate and be educated at the 20th anniversary event as we remember the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the tens of thousands of people who have fought and continue to fight for equality across the country. Join more than 600 people from all over the region as we pay homage to a man who has inspired generations of people.

We have a great program planned and we invite you to join us!


Lady Tramaine Hawkins Headlines 20th Anniversary MLK Celebration Event!

Inducted in to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999, Tramaine Hawkins, a gift and voice we came to know and love in the late ‘60s.

Literally born in church in the San Francisco Bay Area as her mother, the late Lois Davis, a gospel singer in her own right left a church concert to give birth to Tramaine.

At the ripe age of four Tramaine began singing at the Ephesians Church Of God In Christ in Berkley, CA where her grandfather, the late Bishop E. E. Cleveland was pastor. She has been singing ever since. At ten years of age she recorded her first single, “He’s All Right!” as part of a Gospel group known as the Heavenly Tones. Two years later the group was produced by Gospel legend, the Rev. James Cleveland. At fifteen, the Heavenly Tones accepted an offer to travel with Sly & The Family Stone – all except Tramaine. She chose to continue her education and remain in Gospel, and later to join Andre Crouch and the Disciples! In 1969 upon graduating from Berkeley High School, Tramaine joined the Edwin Hawkins Singers and was a part of the Gospel Music Revolution via the recording of “Oh Happy Day.” Read more…


Become An Event Sponsor for 2020!

We look forward to partnering with you on our event. Click here to see event sponsorship opportunities.  In addition to your sponsorship, please consider sponsoring a student table for high school and college students.


2019 MLK Celebration Keynote Speaker

Kenneth B. Morris, Jr, Founder & President
Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

Mr. Morris descends from two of the most influential names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. His mother, Nettie Washington Douglass, is the daughter of Nettie Hancock Washington (granddaughter of Booker T. Washington), and Dr. Frederick Douglass III (great-grandson of Frederick Douglass). Ken’s life until the year 2007 could be described as distinguished yet decisively disengaged from his lineage until Providence called.  read more


2019 Robert T. Matsui Community Service Award Honoree

Vivek Ranadivé, Owner, Sacramento Kings
and The Sacramento Kings

Vivek Ranadivé is the owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings. He is an entrepreneur, technology visionary, New York Times best-selling author and philanthropist recognized for his innovative thinking.

As a technology entrepreneur, he pioneered the use of real-time event processing software and created TIBCO, a multibillion dollar software company. In addition to digitizing Wall Street, his software became the central nervous system for most of the world’s largest companies and government agencies. He is known as “Mr. Real Time” which defines his belief that by getting the right information to the right place at the right time, you can make the world a better place.

Ranadivé is a longtime basketball fan, which started when he coached his daughter’s middle school team. His coaching success was highlighted in a New Yorker magazine article by Malcolm Gladwell, as an example of innovators who win big by doing the unexpected and breaking the rules.

He started his foray into professional basketball when he became the co-owner and vice chairman of the Golden State Warriors NBA franchise in 2010.

In 2013, he became the first Indian majority owner of an NBA team when he purchased the Sacramento Kings, securing the team’s future in California’s capital city. Under Ranadivé’s leadership, the Kings have invested $1 billion in the downtown area, creating thousands of jobs, revitalizing the region and building the next great American city.

At the heart of the investment is the award winning Golden 1 Center, the home of the Sacramento Kings. This 21st-century coliseum is the greenest and most technologically advanced arena in the world. Golden 1 Center is 100 percent solar powered and is the first sports venue in the world to earn LEED Platinum certification making it a model for innovative solutions to environmental challenges.

James Jackson Band – Musical Entertainment for the 2019 MLK Event

The MLK Celebration Committee wants to thank the James Jackson Band for providing their music and singing talents for the 2019 Celebration event.


An Interview with Louis Morton

View our interview with Louis Morton who gives a firsthand account from his attendance at the August 28, 1963 event where he heard Dr. Martin Luther King deliver his “I Have A Dream” speech.

For information about the annual dinner, please contact Alcalay Communications at acgprsac@gmail.com