King Day Calendar
Celebrations around Los Angeles
Commemoration. Assemblyman Mike Davis hosts a Martin Luther King celebration from 6-9pm at the California African American Museum, 600 State Dr., L.A. The event will include an award ceremony honoring of new California State Attorney General, Kamala Harris. Free. Info: (213) 744-2111.
Give Life. The city of Lancaster is asking, residents to donate blood at the Antelope Valley Hospital, 8am to 1pm. For those in the Palmdale area, American Red Cross is also taking donors today from 1 to 7 pm.
Tribute. Culver City hosts a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 10am-6pm at the Culver Senior Center, 4095 Overland Ave., L.A. The event includes a special presentation of the award winning civil rights film, “Freedom Riders.” A civil rights panel discussion, King-inspired student essays, musical performances, and various activities for children. Actor Keith David is also on program as the master of ceremonies. Free. Info: (310) 253-6675.
King Celebration. The Inglewood City Council invites you to attend Inglewood’s 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Tabernacle of Faithful Central Bible Church, 321 N. Eucalyptus Ave., L.A. The event begins at 9am, and features appearances by members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the Montford Point Marine Association, and the Buffalo Soldiers, along with musical entertainment by the Spirit of David Choir, regional finalists of last year’s “How Sweet the Sound” competition. Free. Info: (310) 412-8750.
Giving like a King. The City of Lancaster, along with former Mayor Bishop Henry Hearns is urging the public to join them today in the spirit of giving and Civil Rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. This spirit of service takes place at 11:30am led by Tuskegee Airman, Levi Thornhill. All volunteers will gather at the Western Hotel Museum, 557 W. Lancaster Blvd. in Lancaster. Volunteers will be cleaning the neighborhoods, painting over graffiti, and beautifying several parks and buildings.
King Celebration. The California African American Museum hosts a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration from 11am-5pm at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A. Free. Info: (213) 744-7432.
King celebration. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles (SCLC/LA) and the Martin Luther King Legacy Association hosts the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday commemoration at 7pm at the Sheraton Gateway (LAX), 6101 Century Blvd., L.A. The event will feature keynote speaker Eric Holder, this year’s recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. award, and current U.S. attorney general. Other honorees include: Attorney, Michael Lawson, and philanthropist Mattie McFadden, each receiving the Drum Major Award; and Rev. Iyanla Vanzant, best-selling author, who will be presented with the Rosa Parks Award. Cost: $300. Call: (323) 294-5336.
Television program. For Members Only TV airs “Searching for Freedom,” a mini-documentary on the illustrious career of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The program begins at 11am, and features prominent Black figures such as: Ossie Davis, Willie Dixon, Curtis Mayfield, Leon and more.
King Day parade. The 26th annual Los Angeles Kingdom Day Parade is set to kick off at 11am at Martin Luther King Blvd. and Western Ave. The procession continues along King Boulevard to Vernon Avenue and ends with a festival at Leimert Park. Free.
Celebration. The City of Inglewood hosts its 28th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at The Tabernacle of Faithful Central Bible Church, 321 N. Eucalyptus Ave. This year’s event includes a ecumenical service beginning at 9am. Free. Info: (310) 412-8750.
The Urban Issues Breakfast Forum will host scholar-activist-author Angela Y. Davis April 19 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. (the program starts promptly at 8 a.m.) at the California African American Museum, 600 State Park Drive, Exposition Park in Los Angeles. Priority admission and seating will be given to those who purchase Dr. Davis’ latest book, “The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues.” The book must be purchased at Eso Won Bookstore, at which time purchaser’s will be given a priority admission coupon.
The WOCI, Women of Color Inc. entertainment networking group is hosting “Girl’s Night Out: Shopping 4 A Cause,” a holiday shopping cultural event at the California African American Museum to raise money for its Black Beauty Shop Health Outreach Program (BBSHOP). More than 400 women are expected to come out on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m.
At this time of the year, Charmaine Jefferson is under no allusion about what her job is.
“My job is to put my hands (deep) in your pocket and pull out something big.”
Although drolly humorous, Jefferson, who is executive director of the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Exposition Park, is quite serious. The-state supported cultural institution will host its eighth fundraiser Saturday and Sunday, “An Artful Evening at CAAM,” and the money collected provides approximately one-quarter of the museum’s annual budget.
Services were held last Friday for Adelia Andrews, at Bel-Vue Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles Calif. She was the mother of veteran musician and educator Reggie Andrews and one of the forces behind creation of the California African American Museum (CAAM).
Adelia transitioned on Aug. 7. She was 96 years old.
The Citizens Redistricting Committee (CRC) released its latest visualization map detailing what proposed congressional and state political boundaries could look like.