If you can’t make it to the MLK Museum in Washington DC on Monday, Jan. 16 to honor the slain civil rights leader, there are plenty of ways to pay your respects to the man who helped end racial segregation laws in public places 60 years ago.
The City of Inglewood will host its 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday. The day will kick-off at 9:00 a.m. with a commemorative program at The Tabernacle, located at 321 N. Eucalyptus Ave.
Themed “Building Bridges: Embracing Our Diversity,” King Day in Inglewood will feature performances by local choirs and community groups. KJLH radio personality Kevin Nash emcees the event; actress Saniyya Sidney (“Fences” and “Hidden Figures”) and actor Donnell Turner (“General Hospital”) will serve as Grand Marshals.
A symbolic civil rights march will follow the program, and begin around 11:00 a.m. Marchers will travel from Manchester Blvd. to the Fabulous Forum (corner of Manchester Blvd. and Prairie Ave.) for King Fest, a community gathering with food, games, live entertainment and vendors.
The annual Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles returns on Monday, and will also be broadcast live on ABC7 at 11am. It is the largest parade in the country celebrating Dr. King. The parade route runs along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Western to Crenshaw and Vernon in Leimert Park. Celebrities, marching bands, drill teams, local organizations, and lots of floats will round out the line-up. The theme this year is “Now More Than Ever, We Must All Work Together.”
If you can’t make it to a march or parade on Monday, Long Beach will host its annual Peace & Unity Parade on Saturday, Jan. 14, beginning at 10:30am. Bring a folding chair and get a good view of the many floats, marching bands and other entertainment. The parade route starts at Anaheim St. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Free parking and shuttles are available to get you to and from the parade.
There is no rain in the forecast for Saturday or Monday, so nothing should dampen your spirit.
The California African American Museum will host family art activities that pay tribute to what Dr. King stood for on Monday from 10am to 5pm. Everyone will create their own King masterpieces like crowns, posters and buttons extolling Dr. King’s many virtues. Music and food will make the day enjoyable. The museum is located in Exposition Park at the corner of Figueroa St. and Exposition Blvd.
LACMA is offering free admission all day on Monday. Visitors can enjoy the many diverse exhibits throughout which celebrate black culture and the African Diaspora.
More Americans are spending their off day honoring Dr. King by serving others. Check with your local church, city parks, food bank and other community organizations to see how you can make a difference.