Monday is MLK Day, and in honor of Dr. King's legacy, LA is hosting a lot of free, family friendly celebrations.
Dr. Martin Luther King left a lasting impact on Angelenos when he came to Los Angeles in 1965 to give a press conferenceon growing racial violence in Watts. From there he battled journalists and protestors to speak across the city, spreading the message of unification, including a speech at Temple Beth Israel at which he said, “"Our destinies are tied together. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be." Off-Ramp has audio from that rarely heard speech.
This year, the California African-American Museum in Exposition Park is hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration featuring musicians, food, and readings of King's lesser known speeches. There will also be crafting station, like making buttons and decorating crowns, for the family to enjoy. The celebration, from 10am-5pm, is free and open to the public.
In South Central, it’s the 32rd annual Kingdom Day Parade. It steps off at 11am at the corner of Western and MLK Jr. Blvd and marches down Crenshaw Blvd. ABC7 will be televising the event if you can’t make it in person. After the parade, there’s a festival with the motto: "Now more than ever, we must work together."
Also, admission is free at LACMA on Martin Luther King Day.