For the first time, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills will celebrate the
birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a special event Sunday that
highlights the civil rights leader’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is at 4 p.m.
Sunday at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive.
“It will be a joyous occasion,” Community Relations Director Paula
“We are celebrating his birthday, and the community should come
and observe this great man with us. This is the first [Martin Luther
King Jr.] event, and it will be special.”
The event begins in the Hall of Liberty auditorium with a reading
of the “I Have a Dream” speech by actor and director Ken Sagoes, who
appeared in the Coen brothers’ film “Intolerable Cruelty.”
The emcee is U.S. Representative Juanita Millender-McDonald, the
Democratic chairwoman of the Congressional Caucus on Women’s Issues.
The Hollywood Mass Choir will provide music throughout the event.
The 70-member gospel choir is an interracial, interdenominational,
intergenerational group founded and directed by Los Angeles County
Public Defender Patrick Hare.
The International Children’s Choir of Long Beach will provide
additional music and dance during the celebration.
The children in the choir will wear costumes that represent their
“It will be a very uplifting day,” Boger said.
"[Martin Luther King Jr.] was a true American hero. We want to
honor his life and legacy.”