SFSOUL Shuttle’s special Walking With the King tours of the African-American Freedom Trail, recommended by the State Office of Historic Preservation and San Francisco Travel, Saturday at 12:45 p.m., Sunday at 9:30 and Monday at 10:30 trace Dr. Martin Luther King’s major speeches in San Francisco and how the Birmingham bombings accelerated the United San Francisco Freedom Movement. Call 415-240-3537 to reserve your seat in stretch luxury.
The tours draw on the ReUNION documentaries The King Behind King, where Sen. Diane Feinstein, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and former Mayor and Speaker Willie L. Brown Jr. describe how San Francisco’s church labor coalition gave critical logistical, volunteer and financial support to frequent visitor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and Who Was Tracy Sims, about the 18-year-old Berkeley High graduate who rivaled Dr. King in the headlines throughout 1963 and 1964.
Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vol. 3, 1950-2000 and Vol. 4, the Black Queen: How African-Americans Put California on the Map as well as Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco also provide the primary sources on the overlooked civil rights movement on the West Coast. Order the books online at californiablackhistory.com