Long Beach Celebrates M.L. King, Jr. Day with Spirit

marchers carrying signs with MLK slogans

Marchers emphasize the theme of the 24th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration in Long Beach, “Peace! Passion! Purpose!”

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The 2013 Peace & Unity Parade Celebration is on Saturday, January 19, 2013, commencing at 10:30 a.m. The parade will originate on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street and will proceed North to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.

Mood of the Community Reflects the Theme of the 24th Annual Event, “Peace! Passion! Purpose!”

(Note: The  annual Kingdom Day Parade, also will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013.)
marcher carrying photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Long Beach 24th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration brings MLK alive for the younger generations.

Chanting: “MLK, MLK, MLK – Peace, Love, Hope – MLK, MLK, MLK,” Long Beach school groups, union members, politicians, and police joyfully paraded with dozens of organizations in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

young girl kicks high while marching with high school cheer leaders

This young girl shows high spirits during the 24th annual Long Beach Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade.

The spirit of the occasion was displayed by the multicultural, multiethnic crowd that lined the streets in Long Beach on Saturday, January 14, 2012, for the 24th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration. Thousands of all ages and ethnicities enthusiastically greeted marchers along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and then partied in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. The theme of the event, “Peace! Passion! Purpose!” was evident all along the route.

Monday, January 16, 2012 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrating the life and work of the civil rights leader who changed the face of America. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan made Dr. King’s birthday a national holiday — though it was not observed until 1986 — to be celebrated on the third Monday every January. Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. Many now observe his birthday by performing public service in his honor.

A prominent Baptist preacher, born in Atlanta, Georgia, January 15, 1929, Dr. King led a pivotal civil rights march to Washington, D.C., in 1963, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in which he expressed hope that one day, “my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Cambodian dancers wearing elabroate golden head wear

Cambodian dancers typify the multicultural nature of Long Beach’s 24th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration.

If you want to join the festivities, Southern California’s largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, the 27th annual Kingdom Day Parade, will be held Monday, January 16, 2012. The event is set to begin at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Western Avenue in South Los Angeles and conclude at Leimert Park, where a festival will be held.

Although this area is not yet served by the Metro light rail/subway (the proposed Crenshaw line my get there in a decade or two), several bus lines go to the parade starting point (Bus 40/42 or 207).

See you next year off the Blue Line in Long Beach!

police give Hi-5 to youths

Long Beach police are popular with this crowd at the city’s 24th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration.

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