United States of America: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017.
Monday, January 16th, 2017 is Martin Luther King Jr. (M.L.K.) Day honoring the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929, was a Baptist minister, and was a social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.
Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and victims of injustice through peaceful protest.
Martin Luther King Jr. was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, District of Columbia, where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28th, 1963, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a United States’ federal holiday since 1986.
Parades and service projects will be held across the United States of America to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
In Los Angeles, California, more than 200,000 people are expected at the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade in honor of the civil rights leader.
The 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade, the nation’s biggest celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., will start at 10:00am PT at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue, head west on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Crenshaw Boulevard, then proceed south, concluding at Vernon Avenue.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, will serve as grand marshal for the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade and other elected officials set to participate in the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade.
Floats, bands, equestrian units and dance, and martial arts groups will be part of the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade.
Groups marching in the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade include the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, seeking to promote the messages that AIDS is a civil rights issue and access to care and treatment for people with HIV and AIDS should be a universal human right.
Metro’s entry in the parade is a replica of the bus Rosa Parks was riding in when she was arrested for refusing to give her seat to a white rider in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955.
The 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade will be broadcast live on ABC affiliate KABC 7 on television and online from 11:00am to 1:00pm PT with a delay of about 2 minutes between livestream and our television broadcast.
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Many communities will be giving back to their community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. caring for all people.
May we always keep the dream alive that Martin Luther King Jr. and so many people worked hard for.
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