MLK Day Parades May Be Canceled, But You Can Still Serve

Even though some traditional parades and events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Los Angeles area have been canceled due to the pandemic, some day of service efforts continue, although most are socially distanced, virtual or to do it yourself.

Here are a few in town:

Direction Long Beach

Leadership Long Beach had to postpone its in-person MLK Service Day gardening and beautification projects for the second year in a row. But executive director Shawn Devereaux says the group is pivoting to collection of supplies for care packages for the inhabitants.

2021 Long Beach Leadership Giving Campaign

(Courtesy of Leadership Long Beach)

The group is asking for donations of household items, cleaning supplies, hygiene products and food at a central location in Long Beach. Food pantries and other non-profit organizations will distribute the goods around the city.

Another project asks people to write letters and care cards to residents of local nursing homes.

big sunday

the Big Sunday non-profit reduced its annual in-person block party, but it’s still happening Monday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 6111 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles.

This is a community lunch and a new warm clothes drive event. Added this year is the Big Sunday MLK Day Marketplace, where visitors can purchase items from minority-owned businesses.

California African American Museum

The California African-American Museum events went live in mid-January. However, the museum remains open, with mandatory face masks, during its regular hours. Guests aged 12 and over must present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours.

On Monday, from 11 a.m. to noon, a King study group will meet online to read and discuss King’s 1967 speech, “A Christmas Sermon on Peace.”

Noon: The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles performs “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and a mix of classic spirituals and original compositions.

LA works

The nonprofit volunteer action group LA Works has several virtual service day options, all virtual. They include learning to become an online tutor and volunteering to share your civil rights experiences with students.

Kids who love the Minecraft web game can take part in a Minecraft Washington Walk, recreating history 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

LA Works was founded in 1991 after Rodney King was beaten by police.

The State of California

The Office of the Governor of the California Volunteers has a website where groups can sign up for MLK Day volunteer activities, and you can search for activities.

There is also a page that describes current volunteer opportunities.

US Corps

The Federal Domestic Voluntary Service known as AmeriCorps joined with a number of other voluntary organizations to create a search tool to direct you to service opportunities near you.

It has a filter for MLK Day activities as well as volunteering in general, and you can enter broad categories such as literacy, technology, or housing to customize your search.

Full Moon Hike in Malibu’s Charmlee Wilderness Park

In his best-known speech, Dr. King said, “I’ve been to the top of the mountain,” and while this moonlight hike isn’t explicitly MLK-themed, you can picture this guided hike.

City of Malibu Community Services staff members will lead a 90-minute educational hike on Monday for people ages 14 and older. Check-in is at 5:15 PM and the hike starts at 5:30 PM at 2577 Encinal Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265.

Wear hiking shoes or sturdy closed shoes for the rough terrain, bring water, and dress in layers.

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