City begins its series of MLK events

first_img Councilwoman Jan Perry said Rosa Parks serves as an inspiration. “Much has changed since 1955 and we cannot forget what her role was in accomplishing that,” Perry said. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 EVENTS The city of Inglewood will host its 23rd annual “Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration” and tribute to Rosa Parks, 9 a.m. today, at Faithful Central Bible Church, 321 N. Eucalyptus Ave., Inglewood. At 11:30 a.m., participants will march south along Eucalyptus to Hollywood Park Racetrack. The Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Martin Luther King Legacy Association of Los Angeles, African Diaspora Foundation and the UCLA Labor Center will host a daylong youth civil-rights teach-in, titled “Overcoming Violence on L.A. Campuses and in our Community,” 9 a.m. today at First A.M.E. Zion Church, 1449 W. Adams Blvd. Call (323) 290-4100. The Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, will host several events: The influence of Martin Luther King Jr. on the lives of sports figures, jazz musicians and educators, 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call (310) 772-2526. “Citizen King,” a 2004 documentary on King’s life, 2 p.m. Monday. For reservations, call (310) 772-2527. An exhibit by Los Angeles Ribet Academy depicting King’s contributions will be on display through Friday. For more information, see Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., will be the keynote speaker at a ceremony honoring her father’s legacy, 9 a.m. Monday at the Soka Gakai International auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. The King Day Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday along Martin Luther King Boulevard, from Crenshaw Boulevard to Western Avenue. The two-mile parade, hosted by the Council on Racial Equality, will include numerous floats, marching bands, drill teams and local dignitaries. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will serve as grand marshal. “The Road to Civil Rights,” featuring a screening of “Negroes with Guns,” 4 p.m. Monday, West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles city officials kicked off commemorations Friday marking the civil-rights movement, honoring the legacies of Rosa Parks and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The City Hall ceremony – attended by civil-rights leaders and members of the Parks family – came in advance of Monday’s holiday honoring King’s birth. Dozens of events are planned across the city, including Monday’s King Day Parade in the Crenshaw District and a monthlong celebration in February of African-American heritage. “I have said that if it were not for (former Mayor) Tom Bradley, Martin Luther King and the civil-rights movement, I would not be standing here today,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “A good number of us sitting here – women and people of color – every one of us were blessed by the sacrifices and courage and the indomitable spirit of Rosa Parks and the courage of Martin Luther King.” Members of the Parks family traveled from Detroit to take part in the event, during which Villaraigosa declared it Rosa Parks Day in the city. Parks died last year at age 92, and Villaraigosa was among the dignitaries who spoke at her funeral. Councilman Bernard Parks said Rosa Parks became the symbol of the civil-rights movement in 1955, when she refused to give up her bus seat in Montgomery, Ala. – an act of civil defiance that resulted in abolition of the racial segregation laws. He said he was most impressed with Parks’ humility. “She never understood what all the fuss was about with her,” the councilman said. “As much as she had achieved and all the accolades she had received, she was mystified why people thought she was so great. She never understood all the fanfare.” last_img

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