If you’re in Silicon Valley for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you have the chance to participate in a unique experience in memory of the Civil Rights movement. You’re invited to participate in The Freedom Train 2012, a train ride from San Jose to San Francisco that mirrors the historic Selma to Montgomery march that took place in 1965.
Riders will board the train in San Jose to travel to San Francisco with stops in Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, San Mateo. Once in San Francisco, riders will be able to participate in sessions on the Civil Rights Era at the San Francisco Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Gardens. Thousands will march together from the San Francisco Caltrain Station to the Yerba Buena Center at 11am to commemorate the vision of Dr. King. Through the 2012 Children’s Reading Festival, children will be able to learn about civil rights through activities and films by visiting six stops on the Children’s activity map. Children that complete at least four stops can pick up a package of reading and learning goodies. Other MLK activities in San Francisco include a Civil Rights Film Festival and Free Museum Day.
The Freedom Train was started in San Jose in the early 1980s as way for those in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area to remember the historic march. The actual march began on March 7, 1965 and was completed on March 25, 1965, in Montgomery, Alabama. The journey from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery was 54 miles, the same approximate distance from San Jose to San Francisco, California.
A Freedom Train ticket is only $10 per person, with no discount tickets for seniors or children. Each ticket is round trip and allows you to take the train to San Francisco and back. Tickets can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets or by mailed check.
Take your kids for a great learning experience on civil rights and beautiful day in the city!
Dates: January 16, 2012
Times: 8:30am, or 30 minutes prior to departure time
Location: San Jose Diridon Station
San Jose, CA 95110