Monday, January 21st is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Since 1986, every third Monday in January is dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and his work. In 1994, Congress named MLK Jr. Day as a national day of service in honor of his objectives. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?" Although you may get the day off of school or work, MLK Day can be seen as "a day on, not a day off."
If you are looking for a way to be part of the soultion and do for others, or want to observe the great man with a parade or concert, please see our list below of events in the Los Angeles area and in the Bay Area.
Los Angeles Area:
Lancaster: Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day on Jan. 19
The year 2013 marks the sixth anniversary of Lancaster's annual Day of Service event in honor of Dr. King.
Santa Monica: Soka Gakkai International Auditorium Presentation on Jan. 19
Hosted by the Santa Monica College, the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration is free of charge to attend. It is billed as a "multiethnic interfaith program" that features readings, presentations, music and community news.
525 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica
These include Common's "I Have A Dream (feat. Will I Am)" from the Freedom Writers movie soundtrack, underground rapper Flocabulary's "Let Freedom Ring (featuring Trajik)," and house music legend Larry Heard as Mr Fingers and his track "Can You Feel It (Martin Luther King remix)." Look for the various Martin Luther King, Jr. speech records and CDs in the spoken word sections at Amoeba Music and join Amoeba in celebrating Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.