This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, officially observed across the United States on January 19, 2009, is particularly special. The next day, the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama, will be inaugurated into office. In Los Angeles, a city of diversity and a rich African American culture, there are many special Martin Luther King Jr. Day events planned in and around the “City of Angels” for 2009. There are also special activities commemorating the late civil rights activist around his actual birthday, which is January 15.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Living The Dream “From Dr. King’s Dream to Barack Obama becoming President”
Los Angeles Southwest Community College, Little Theater
1600 West Imperial Highway, Los Angeles, CA 90047
Contact information: 310.662.1046 or http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?sid=bc3abfae4ae857765001444d98812a75&eid=96282460143
Living The Dream “From Dr. King’s Dream to Barack Obama becoming President” is an evening of song, dance, and spoken word celebrating King’s impact on modern society. Admission is free, and participants include elementary, middle, and high school students, LASCC and California State University, Dominguez Hills students and faculty, and also professional Los Angeles area artists.
Saturday, January 17, 2009, 12:05 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Martin Luther King Day Festival
Martin Luther King Park
1950 Lemon Ave., Orange Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, CA 90806
Contact information: 818.734.2744
Preceded by a 10:30 a.m. parade at Martin Luther King Avenue and Anaheim Street that ends at the festival park, the Martin Luther King Day Festival just south of Los Angeles is a day of games, food, music, arts and crafts, carnival rides and games, vendors, and historic fun.
Monday, January 19, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
Martin Luther King Day – Kingdom Day Parade
Crenshaw and West Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards
Los Angeles, CA
Contact information: http://www.yelp.com/events/los-angeles-mlk—kingdom-day-parade
More than 150 groups of participants, including floats and bands, are slated to march in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Kingdom Day Parade in the heart of Los Angeles. More than one million people usually crowd the streets of Los Angeles to commemorate King’s memory and do their part to keep his dream alive. Vendors, including food booths, will be available before, during, and after the parade in a carnival-like atmosphere. Parking is extremely difficult and many streets will be closed off for the parade and festivities, so arriving early is highly recommended.