Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Los Angeles

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. The holiday is observed on the third Monday in January of each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15. Dr. King was a key figure and spokesman in the Civil Rights Movement. He received the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Read on for a guide to Los Angeles events that celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The following MLK Day events take place on Monday, January 21 unless otherwise noted.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration — CAAM

Located in the eastern end of Exposition Park, the California African American Museum (CAAM) exists to research, collect, preserve and interpret the history, art and culture of African Americans. Opened during the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, the museum houses a permanent collection of 4,000 objects of art, historical artifacts and memorabilia.

On Monday, January 21 CAAM presents the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights of the family-friendly event include family drop-in art activities, King Study Group, Intergenerational Activism in the 21st Century panel, Young Activists Present MLK Speeches, and Inner City Youth Orchestra recital. Free admission.

LOCATION
600 STATE DR. LOS ANGELES, CA 90037
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34th Annual Kingdom Day Parade

Presented by the Congress Of Racial Equality of California (CORE-CA), the Kingdom Day Parade is regarded as America’s largest celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The 34th edition of the parade is taking place on Monday, Jan. 21 beginning at 10am and will be televised live on ABC 7 starting at 11am. The parade route starts at Western Avenue and runs west along Martin Luther King Boulevard, turns south on Crenshaw Boulevard, then east on Vernon Avenue before it ends at Leimert Plaza Park. The post-parade festival at the park features music, dancing, food and more.

LOCATION
4395 LEIMERT BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA 90008
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Target Free Holiday Monday — LACMA

Visitors of all ages are invited to Target Free Holiday Monday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), with bilingual tours, art workshops, and live music by Dream Phases at 12:30 and 2:45 pm.

Note: Children must be accompanied by an adult. Target Free Holiday Monday excludes admission to specially ticketed exhibitions. To ensure a safe and pleasant visitor experience, tickets to the Boone Children’s Gallery on Target Free Holiday Monday will be timed and distributed on a first-come, first served basis. Pick up your free, timed ticket in the Boone Children’s Gallery on the day of the event. Timed tickets allow for a 30-minute visit.

LOCATION
5905 WILSHIRE BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA 90036
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Storytime with Ina Buckner-Barnette — Children’s Book World (Jan 19, 2019)

Open since 1986, Children’s Book World is a full-service children’s bookshop in West Los Angeles, stocking more than 80,000 titles for children, parents, teachers, and collectors. Every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m., Children’s Book World presents storytellers, author readings, musical performances and entertainment for kids and families. On Saturday, January 19, join “The Sunshine Storyteller,” Ina Buckner-Barnette for a fun-filled storytime incorporating movement and song in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ages 5-10.

LOCATION
10580 1/2 W. PICO BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA 90064
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MLK Day of Service — Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area (Jan 19, 2019)

Held the third Monday of every January, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” On Saturday, Jan. 19 join Mujeres de la Tierra, the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, Baldwin Hills Conservancy, and North East Trees for the annual MLK Day of Service at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Taking place 8am-1pm, the event includes restoration and beautification projects for all ages, tree planting, breakfast and more. Don’t forget to wear comfortable and sturdy shoes. Work gloves are encouraged, and please bring your reusable water bottle.

LOCATION
4100 S. LA CIENEGA BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA 90056
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Martin Luther King Celebration — Kidspace Children’s Museum (Jan 19-21, 2019)

Located at Brookside Park in Pasadena, the Kidspace Children’s Museum provides 2.2 acres of outdoor learning environments that are designed to encourage children to discover the excitement of learning while engaging in creative play.

Kidspace will host a three-day celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy from Saturday to Monday, January 19-21. Project Giving Kids will be onsite 10:00am to 1:00pm each day with service projects for families to participate in and learn ways you can continue to volunteer to make our communities stronger. At 1:00pm each day, enjoy a dance and cultural presentation by California Step Association focusing on the legacy of Dr. King and Black History Month.

LOCATION
480 N. ARROYO BLVD. PASADENA, CA 91103
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Source: discoverlosangeles.com