MLK Events

  • 12/23/2013
  • Reporters Desk

Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Peace March
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Peace March will take place at 5 p.m. Jan. 11, starting at the Ernest S. McBride Park in Long Beach.
The march ends at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Parking will be available at Long Beach City College. Free shuttles are available.
Details: (562) 570-6816; 6 
Venue: Long Beach City College
Location: 1305 East Pacific Coast Highway

Peace Week events include:

Pre-Parade & Neighborhood Clean Up
From 8:30 to10 a.m. Jan.11, at McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., join community groups and neighbors as they work to clean up the parade route area.

The Gift
From 12:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 11, at Washington Middle School, 1450 Cedar Ave., local residents attend to receive free gifts which includes  food, clothing, services, and accessories.
Peace March
At 5 p.m. Jan. 11, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave., this annual candlelight march spreads the vibration of peace throughout Long Beach. Join community leaders, organizations and neighbors as they walk in harmony for peace.

Personal Reflections
On Jan. 12, all places of worship in Long Beach are encouraged to participate in recognition of King’s legacy in the form of your choice. This is to promote the dialogue and reflection of King’s message into our community.

Peace in our Community
From 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 13, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park to help build an inclusive community by having dialogue around immigration and safety in our community.

Presentation, Peace Maker Awards
At 5 p.m. Jan. 14, during the Long Beach City Council meeting local community leaders who have continued the message of peace will be recognized.

Spirit on the Move
From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave., this event will move the human spirit to peace with special performances by African drummers and dancers, sacred jazz and spoken word.
Read for Peace
From 2 to 4 p.m. Jan 16, at Mark Twain Library, this is free Peace Week educational event for all ages. The event is in honor of the World’s Peacemakers Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Cesar Chavez and Nelson Mandela. Free books will be given to each child ages 5 to 12. Special guest PEACE readers will be reading quotes from peacemakers.

50 Years Strong & the Dream Lives On
The 26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jan. 18.  The elebration, which includes two stages of entertainment, health pavilion, teen and youth area and free activities, international food and vendors will take place from 12 to 5 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave., Long Beach. 

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