Martin Luther King Day Celebrations Around LA

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Britt Bickel
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Monday, Jan. 21st is the national observance of one of the greatest civil rights champions and influential leaders of our time, and to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., many area celebrations are being held around SoCal.

From parades, peaceful activities and celebrations, there’s something for whole family to participate in to remember and honor the great legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King!

Long Beach — 25th Annual Long Beach MLKJ Parade Peace & Unity Parade Celebration

Saturday, January 19; 10:30am-5pm
King Park, 1950 Lemon Ave, Long Beach

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and Celebration commemorates the courage, humility, and ultimate sacrifice of the historic civil rights activist. The parade route begins on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street and will proceed North to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, with live entertainment, games, food and more to follow in Martin Luther King Park.


Los Angeles — 28th Annual Kingdom Day Parade

Monday, January 21; 10:15 am
Martin Luther King Blvd and Western Ave, Los Angeles

SoCal’s largest MLK celebration, The Kingdom Day Parade will be led by Dodgers Matt Kemp serving as the Grand Marshallunder the parade theme “His Dream Will Never Die.”  It begins with an observance at 10:15 am at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue in South Los Angeles, head west on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Crenshaw Boulevard, then south to Vernon Avenue, concluding at Leimert Park.


Inglewood — 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Saturday, January 19; 9:00 am
Crozier Middle School, located at 120 W. Regent St.

The city of Inglewood is holding their annual festivities at Crozier Middle School with a special Commemorative service featuring L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, KTLA News Anchor Micheala Pereira, Actress Zoe Hendrix and musical guests Jimmy Fisher and Contagious Praise.


Santa Monica — 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Saturday, January 19; 10 am
SGI-USA World Peace Auditorium; 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 90404

This free festival with the theme “Redeem The Dream” will feature “inspirational readings, guest speaker Nathaniel Trives, MLK Education Awards, the Community Light Award, and performances by the New Roads Drum Corps, KB Solomon, the YWCA Dancers, the Watts Village Theater Co. and Street Corner Renaissance” according to the event details.


Culver City — 8th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Saturday, January 19; noon-6 pm
Culver City Senior Center; 4095 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

Culver City has adopted the theme “Realizing the Dream, Living the Legacy” for their 8th annual celebration. Schedule of events includes live musical performances, a keynote speech from Rev. James Lawson, friend and ally of Dr. King, screening of “MLK: The Assassination Tapes” and ends with cutting a birthday cake in honor of King.


Hollywood — International House of Blues Foundation

Saturday, January 19; 10 am
House of Blues; 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

The IHOBF Sunset Strip is holding their special free event “Inspired By His Words: IHOBF’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration” with music, guest speakers, dance, visual art and more to honor Dr. King.

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