In-person and online Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in the Los Angeles area, 2022 – Daily News

In this file photo, Isaac Cason, 15, takes a photo of his parents, Cedric and Rachel Carson, as they visit the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at downtown Riverside on Monday, January 19. 18, 2021. The Carsons come to the statue annually on MLK Jr. Day. “I’m here to reflect on this amazing man and what he stood for,” said Cedric Carson. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Here is a sampling of in-person and online events and resources honoring the civil rights work of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in the Los Angeles area.


Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra MLK Virtual Holiday Concert: A concert with pianist Leonard Hayes, 2-3 p.m. Free; donations appreciated. Pre-register for the Zoom link on eventbrite (registration closes at 9 a.m. Saturday).


Leadership Long Beach Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service – Virtual: The group had to cancel in-person events for the 12th annual “Take a Day On, Not a Day Off” in-person projects for the Monday holiday. The group announced two virtual projects: “Silver Letters Project” and “Community Cares Project”. Find out how to join these projects here: 562-997-9194.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity Walk: The City of Santa Clarita Human Relations Roundtable co-presents the event which includes a program, at 9 am, followed by a walk in the park. Meet at the Central Park Flagpole, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. 661-255-4965.

Celebration of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Westside Coalition presents an online program “There is always a time to do what is right” with keynote speaker LZ Granderson, journalist, music from the Linda Alvarez Trio and lyrics from Get Lit: Words Ignite, 9 a.m. More information on how to watch: or here

Big Sunday’s 10th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast: Join the in-person event to donate new clothing and/or help assemble new cold-weather clothing, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register in advance to find out how you want to help ( For those unable to attend, purchase a sponsorship clothing kit, $25, as a donation ( The event is outdoors. Participants aged 5 and over must be vaccinated and show proof. Wearing a mask is compulsory. Buy clothes from the Amazon registry and they will be sent directly to Big Sunday: Big Sunday Headquarters, 6111 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. 323-549-9944. Email: Information about the Big Sunday organization,

Redondo Beach Beach Cleanup: 10am-12pm. A station will be set up near the tower with cleaning equipment, but the organizer asks volunteers to bring a bucket, tongs and gloves if possible. The location is between the Ruby Street Lifeguard Tower and the Redondo Beach Pier.

King’s Day 2022: The California African American Museum is hosting an online program. A King study group read King’s 1967 speech “A Christmas Sermon on Peace”, at 11 a.m., followed by a discussion of the sermon. Members of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” spirituals and original compositions, at noon. Register online in advance. Facebook for updates ( The museum, at Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, is free and open. 213-744-2084.;

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. – An online discussion from the civil rights leader: The Antelope Valley Black Chamber of Commerce and the City of Palmdale Present a Roundtable in Honor of King Jr., 2:30 p.m. Community service credit for students who sign up with their school email address. Pre-register for the Zoom link here: Details of the discussion and list of panel participants:

Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: King Jr. Legacy Tributes, 3 p.m. Redondo Union High School, Auditorium, 631 Vincent St., Redondo Beach.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere: The City of Carson and the Carson Citizens Cultural Arts Foundation present the program, 7 p.m. Watch on


Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Celebration: The Africana-Asian Collaboratory for Inclusive Excellence Project at Cal State, Northridge is hosting a program with Harry E. Johnson Sr., President and CEO of the Memorial Foundation, who discusses the significance of the monument honoring King Jr. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and also how the foundation promotes the legacy of the civil rights leader, 2-3:30 p.m. Use the Zoom information from here to watch:


Virtual Interfaith Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Loyola Marymount University features guest speaker Susan Burton, criminal justice reform activist and leader, 11:30 a.m. Register in advance for the Zoom link here: Event details:

Online viewing

A King in the City of Angels: Christina Rice, Senior Librarian, Photo Collection, posted to the Los Angeles Public Library blog on January 15, 2021. See photos here: city ​​angels. In addition, the LAPL has a treasure trove of Martin Luther King Jr. books for adults and children. Check here for sampling:

Canceled/postponed events

Gardena: The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Parade originally scheduled for Jan. 15 has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for Feb. 26.

Inglewood: The 39th edition of “King Fest” scheduled for Monday has been canceled.

Angels: The annual Kingdom Day Parade, presented by the California Congress of Racial Equality, has canceled the parade for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic. 844-454-6432; 323-934-3683.

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