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Sharing a Dream on MLK Day

Published on: January 13, 2020


Martin Luther King, Jr. (Jan.15, 1929 – Apr.4, 1968) is pictured with President John F. Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – Nov.22, 1963). They were assassinated approximately five years apart.

“I have a dream that 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.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 39, Martin Luther King, Jr. was best known for the advancement of civil rights in the United States using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. The recognized clergyman, activist, and spokesperson for equality┬áin the African-American Civil Rights Movement constantly received death threats and told his wife Coretta after the 1963 JFK assassination: “This is what is going to happen to me also.”

Each year on the third Monday in January (or weekend before) some 2.5 million African Americans and millions of other residents in California celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy with parades, marches, a day of service, concerts, films or a prayer breakfast.

Dr. King visited Los Angeles after the Watts Riots in 1965. He believed the riots were the result of socio-economic conditions and not race issues.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations

  • CLOVIS: Community Breakfast
  • FRESNO: MLK March
  • INGLEWOOD: King Fest
  • LANCASTER: Day of Service
  • LONG BEACH: Martin Luther King Parade
  • LOS ANGELES: Kingdom Day Parade
  • OAKLAND: Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival
  • RIVERSIDE: Dr. MLK Annual Walk-a-thon
  • SACRAMENTO: Capitol March for the Dream
  • SAN DIEGO: Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
  • SAN FRANCISCO: MLK Day Festival
  • VICTORVILLE: Civil Rights Unveiling Ceremony



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