by Britt Bickel

Today 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 — 27th Annual Long Beach MLKJ Parade Peace & Unity Parade Celebration

Saturday, January 17; 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 — 30th Annual Kingdom Day Parade

Monday, January 19; 11:00 am
Martin Luther King Blvd and Western Ave, Los Angeles

SoCal’s largest MLK celebration, The Kingdom Day Parade is presented by The Congress Of Racial Equality of California (CORE-CA) with this year’s parade theme being “Love & Respect: Let It Begin With Me.” The parade begins 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.

If you can’t make it to the parade, you can watch a live broadcast on channel 7 or live stream here.

Inglewood — 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Monday, January 19; 9:00 am
Crozier Middle School, located at 120 W. Regent St.

The city of Inglewood is holding their annual family-friendly festivities at Crozier Middle School with a special Commemorative service featuring special guests, live entertainment, food trucks, arts and crafts and more.

Santa Monica — 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Celebration & Community Involvement Fair

Monday, January 19; 9:00am
SGI-USA World Peace Auditorium; 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 90404

This free festival includes 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 — 10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Saturday, January 17; 11am-4:00pm
Culver City Senior Center; 4095 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

Culver City has adopted the theme “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” for their 10th annual celebration. Schedule of events includes live musical inspiration, a panel discussion moderated by Margaret Prescod, screening of the film “Freedom Summer” and more.

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