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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr at these San Diego Events

News | 15th Jan 2015


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Worldbeat Center will feature outdoor cultural arts & craft vendors marketplace, and Oneworld Cafe – vegetarian food served! Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. King, both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. Among many efforts, King headed the SCLC. Through his activism, he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and other areas of the nation, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. King was assassinated in April 1968, and continues to be remembered as one of the most lauded African-American leaders in history. Monday, January 19, noon – 5 p.m. Free.

35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr Day Parade: Join us on Harbor Drive Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM for the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States. Our parade is filled with dazzling floats, soulful High School Bands, Drill Teams, Colleges, Fraternities, Churches, Organizations, Peace and Youth groups. This parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America, founded in 1906. The seven men who founded this organization at Cornell University in New York recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country. Dr. King was also an Alpha. Come and join thousands of others and help continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, January 18, at 2:00 PM.

27th All Peoples Celebration: The All Peoples Celebration elevates the spirit of unity and the diversity of culture that the 1915 Celebration sought to convey. Over the last 100 years, people of good will have worked hard to make San Diego a place of inclusion, where all people are welcome and all are invited to contribute to our society, our democracy, and our economy. A stroll through Balboa Park on a Sunday among families who are diverse in every way is a testament to how far we’ve come in the spirit of unity and honor the diversity of culture. Every year, the All Peoples Celebration reflects on how San Diego has evolved and, specifically, on how it has embraced the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in creating a place where all people are judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. The event also looks to the future and the ways in which each us can be a part of improving San Diego and building the community of compassion that Dr. King envisioned. We honor the legacy of Dr. King that lives in each of us and call on all San Diegans to get involved in a beloved community. Monday, January 19, 10-11:30 a.m.


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