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West Hollywood Among Southland Cities to Pay Tribute To Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday

A Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will be held at West Hollywood Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. (File photo)
Martin Luther King Jr. (File photo)

By City News Service

Parades will be held Saturday in Long Beach and Gardena to honor slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. while other observances will take place in West Hollywood, Culver City, Inglewood and Hawthorne

Long Beach's 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace & Unity Parade Parade and Celebration will begin at 10:30 on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue at Anaheim Street. Its theme is "50 Years Strong & the Dream Lives On."

The parade will proceed north on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, east on 19th Street and north on Lemon Avenue.

Gardena will hold its 41st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Celebration. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Marine and Van Ness avenues and head north, concluding at Rowley Park where festivities will continue throughout the day.

West Hollywood will conduct a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at West Hollywood Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will perform landscaping, clean up and painting tasks that require physical work for a six- hour shift. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and register in advance. More information is available by emailing wehovcorps@gmail.com or by calling (323) 848-6885.

Culver City's ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Culver City Senior Center. Its theme will be "What did Dr. King Say? And what will we do?" The celebration will feature a screening of the rarely shown 1970 Oscar-nominated documentary, "King: A Filmed Record... From Montgomery to Memphis."

Michael Bernard Beckwith, the spiritual director of the Culver City- based Agape International Spiritual Center, will make the keynote presentation. The celebration will also include a panel discussion on the impact of King's legacy; a dramatic rendition of King's "I Have a Dream" speech; and the debut of a public service announcement "Ways to Practice Nonviolence," created by members of the Culver City Teen Center.

Inglewood's 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will be held at Crozier Middle School. A commemorative service starting at 9 a.m. will have the theme "Walking in These Shoes" -- and feature performances by local choirs and community groups and participation by elected officials.

The celebration will conclude with speeches from winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day speech contest . A family festival with entertainment and interactive games will begin at 11 a.m.

A Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Public Forum, "Building Upon The Dream: Working Together to Create Dr. King's Beloved Community," will be held at the Hawthorne Memorial Center from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

The featured speaker will be Donzaleigh Abernathy, a daughter of the late Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, a close associate of King's with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Jim Corcoran January 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM
"Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right." ~ Martin Luther King Jr. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6ehL18rqlM?
George January 18, 2014 at 12:56 PM
I know it is politically correct and all but this civil rights leader was not a president. Why is there no John F. Kennedy holiday or Ronald reagan holiday? One was assassinated and the other a popular two term president who left office with a thriving economy I suppose Obama will have a holiday at some point despite his failed record as president being politically correct and all.

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