Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observances

A selected list of events celebrating the slain civil rights leader’s legacy:


Inglewood, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Coley’s Restaurant, 300 E. Florence Ave. Antiwar activists will offer a peace tribute in honor of King at the National Alliance for Positive Action’s Weekly Saturday Brunch Empowerment Roundtable. A documentary on King and the civil rights and peace movements will be screened.

Long Beach, 10 a.m. A parade will begin at Anaheim Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue with marching bands, floats, celebrities, horses and military units. A celebration will run from noon to 5 p.m. at Martin Luther King Park, 1950 Lemon Ave., featuring food, entertainment, games, arts and crafts, and a children’s area.



Lancaster, 4 p.m. The city’s 14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. The theme is “Living With Diversity.” Stafford Parker, the city’s director of redevelopment, will be the keynote speaker, and student essay winners will read their works.

Pomona, 7 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church, 600 N. Garey Ave. The annual Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration and Youth Social Justice Awards.



Beverly Hills, 6:30 p.m., Council Chamber, City Hall, 455 N. Rexford Drive. A panel discussion on “Civil Rights and Race Relations: Then and Now” will feature speaker and longtime civil rights activist Joe Hicks.

Long Beach, 9 a.m., Long Beach City College, 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway. The celebration will include a screening of the documentary “Eyes on the Prize,” student and civil rights speakers, plus gospel and hip-hop music.

Los Angeles, 11 a.m., Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards. The annual Martin Luther King Kingdom Day Parade.

Los Angeles, 11:30 a.m., Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport, 6225 W. Century Blvd. The 15th Annual Martin Luther King Day NAACP Career Fair.

Los Angeles, noon, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Harvey Morse Auditorium, 8701 Gracie Allen Drive. A symposium on “The Challenge of Health Disparities in America” will feature Louis W. Sullivan, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who will discuss the accessibility and delivery of health care in the nation.

Northridge, 6:30 p.m., Cal State Northridge, San Fernando Valley Room of the Student Union, 18111 Nordhoff St. The San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council will host its 15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The theme is “Putting the Dream Into Action.” Stedman Graham of S. Graham and Associates will be the keynote speaker, and the Episcopal Chorale will present special music. A performance by Roger Aaron Brown of the CBS-TV drama “The District” will highlight the event.

Pasadena, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jackie Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. The celebration will begin with the showing of a freedom march video and a continental breakfast from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m., and will include speakers, art, essays and dance.

Santa Monica, 9 to 10:30 a.m., First United Methodist Church, 1008 11th St. District 1


Supt. Sylvia Rousseau of L.A. Unified will speak. A reception will follow from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

West Covina, 11 a.m., Civic Center, 1414 Garvey Ave. South. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration.


Los Angeles, noon to 2 p.m., USC’s Davidson Conference Center, 3551 University Ave. A celebration, hosted by the Black Staff and Faculty Caucus, will feature keynote speaker Constance Rice, a civil rights attorney, and include musical performances. A panel discussion in Taper Hall Room 101 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. will follow.