In a sermon to a large Baptist Detroit church on February 28, 1954, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The real problem is that through our scientific genius we’ve made of the world a neighborhood, but through our moral and spiritual genius, we’ve failed to make of it a brotherhood.”
Schools throughout California and the US will be closed on Monday, January 18 commemorating the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. Below are six events in Los Angeles County that you can choose from to educate your children about Dr. King, his humanitarianism, and his efforts as a civil rights leader. In so doing, perhaps your children will begin to develop ideas to make every man, woman, and child feel as if they are all brothers and sisters.
28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade will be held January 16, 2016 in Long Beach at 10:30 am at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street. After the parade, there will be live music and entertainment showcasing visions of peace and brotherhood. Carnival rides and kid activities will be showcased to reflect the spirit of justice.
Cake for King Celebration will be held on January 18, 2016 at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park from 11 am through 4 pm. A special five-hour commemoration will be held for Dr. King with face painting, arts and crafts, documentaries and even a birthday cake.
Held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Crenshaw Blvd, Western Ave, and Vernon Ave, the 31st Annual Kingdom Day Parade will be held Monday, January 18, 2016 from 11 am to 1 pm. The largest of its kind in the US, the event will carry on King’s message. Participants, including inspirational floats and celebrities will be on hand to herald the life and legacy of Dr. King. This event will be televised.
“I Have A Dream” Wall is located in Los Angeles’ Kiddie City in Leimert Park. Children are encouraged to put their handprints on the “I Have A Dream” wall and the opportunity to express their ideas. Songs and stories about Dr. King are sure to inspire children of all ages.
Held in West Los Angeles, Children’s Book World will hold a storytelling session for kids ages four and older on January 16 beginning at 10:30 am. Children will be exposed to civil rights lessons and listen to storyteller Michael D. McCarty.
Hopefully, at the end of the weekend we will all reflect on this Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
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