Five Ways to Celebrate MLK Day in LA


Celebrate King’s Legacy!

As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King’s legacy, Los Angeles has several activities lined up for Monday, January 15, including one of the country’s largest parades. Here are five local MLK Day Events to enjoy with your family:


1.  33rd Annual Kingdom Day Parade

The Kingdom Day Parade is known as America’s largest celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. This year marks the 33rd edition of the parade with a theme “When They Go Low, We Go High,”

The parade is taking place today, Monday, Jan. 15 beginning at 10am and will be televised live on ABC 7 starting at 11am. U.S. Senator Kamala Harris will be the 2018 Grand Marshal. 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.


2.  Visit the California African American Museum

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. Enjoy an array of vibrant programs and activities for all ages. Bring the kids for art-making activities and food, visit our exhibitions, hear a marathon reading of King’s lesser-known speeches and sermons, and much more—free for everyone! Visit the CAAM website here for a detailed itinerary of the day’s events.


 3.  Visit LACMA (it’s Free on January 15)

A good way to celebrate diversity, the museum will offer bilingual tours, a family sketching activity and live music at 12:30 and 2:45 p.m.  Kids can enjoy the Boone Children’s Gallery, Chris Burden’s Metropolis II, and the Levitated Mass. Visit the LACMA website here for more information.


4.  Martin Luther King Celebration – Kidspace Children’s Museum – Pasadena

The Kidspace Children’s Museum will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. from on Monday, Jan. 15 with artwork, unique activities and story sharing. Kids and adults will have a chance to make a kindness stone and share a message of love and respect with each other!


5.  6th Annual MLK Day Clothing Collection & Breakfast

The 6th Annual Martin Luther King Day Clothing Collection and Breakfast will be held on Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Big Sunday headquarters at 6111 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, from 10 AM until 1 PM. 

More than 1,000 volunteers of all ages, races, religions, backgrounds and ethnicities will have fun working together to sort and fold over 25,000 items of clothing, which will be donated to several organizations. 

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