Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day In Los Angeles

Monday, Jan. 20st 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 — 26th Annual Long Beach MLKJ Parade Peace & Unity Parade Celebration

Saturday, January 18; 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 — 29th Annual Kingdom Day Parade

Monday, January 20; 11:00 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 — 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Saturday, January 18; 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 — 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration & Community Involvement Fair

Monday, January 20th; 9:00am
SGI-USA World Peace Auditorium; 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 90404

This free festival with the theme “UNITY in CommUNITY” include music, performances followed by the street fair across the street (606 Wilshire Blvd.) where local nonprofit organizations network and share each group’s activities with the participants leaving the MLK Celebration.

Culver City — 9th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Saturday, January 18; 10:30am-4:00pm
Culver City Senior Center; 4095 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

Culver City has adopted the theme “What Did Dr. King Say? And What Will We Do?” for their 9th annual celebration. Schedule of events includes live musical inspiration, a keynote speech from Rev. Michael Beckwith, a panel discussion moderated by Eisha Mason, screening of the film “King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis” and more.

Hollywood — International House of Blues Foundation

Saturday, January 18; 10:30am-12:00pm
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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