A Little History Lesson
On January 17th, many cities in our nation will observe the national holiday commemorating the life and legacy of the civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King was actually born on January 15, 1929. The holiday in his honor is celebrated each third Monday in January.
Interestingly, in 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed the bill to create a holiday in honor of Dr. King although he was initially opposed to it.
The very first national day of observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day occurred January 20, 1986.
King Day in L.A.
If you live in Los Angeles County, the day will be marked by the closure of banks, schools, and federal and state offices.
If you’re interested in attending an event honoring the late civil rights giant, the following cities have special events planned.
The City of Los Angeles Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Officially known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Kingdom Day Parade, the city of Los Angeles plays host to this annual event. In 2011, the parade will be held on January 17th, and will take place on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Crenshaw boulevards. Expect closures on these two major arteries in South Los Angeles from 8:30 am until 3:30pm.
The highlights usually include marching bands and drill teams from several local high schools and appearances by city officials and several African American celebrities.
City of Long Beach Dr. Martin Luther King Peace and Unity Parade and Celebration
This year the city of Long Beach will celebrate King Day on Saturday, January 15, 2011. A parade will begin at 10:30 on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim St. The parade will continue along the avenue and end at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
At King Park will be a festival which will include: entertainment, food booths, crafts and merchandise vendors, plus games and rides for kids of all ages. The festival is slated to run from 12:30 pm until 5:00 pm.
City of Gardena Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
On Saturday, January 15th, the city of Gardena will also have a parade celebrating Dr. King’s life and legacy. Located approximately 20 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles, this distinct city is nestled between the South Bay and Long Beach.
Gardena is a growing city with a diverse, multicultural, population.Expect their parade to include marching bands, local city officials, and participants which represent the wide variety of people who call Gardena home.
Celebrate the King
Dr. King’s most enduring legacy was the uniting of people across this country in brotherhood and peace in hopes of creating a more just and tolerant nation.
How do you plan to honor his legacy?