Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and Sharon Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s daughter, will be honored at Friday’s 50th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Brotherhood Celebration Breakfast.
Roberts will receive the Brotherhood Award and Robinson, the vice chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Major League Baseball’s educational consultant, the Human Dignity Award.
Author, speaker and entrepreneur Stedman Graham will be the keynote speaker for the event that will be streamed from the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites at 9 a.m. Registration can be made at YMCALA.ORG/MLKCelebration.
The 92nd anniversary of the birth of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will also be marked Friday by a virtual version of the annual Peace March by students at Tom Bradley Global Awareness Magnet Elementary School in Leimert Park and a virtual reading of children’s books about the civil rights movement.
The Peace March will be transformed into a Zoom event recreating the path past Bradley’s home and the office of the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper. King will be celebrated with student performances and a sing-along by the entire school of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often referred to as the Black national anthem.
Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member George J. McKenna III will speak while Superintendent Austin Beutner and Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas will provide video messages.
Students at the school renamed in 1999 for Los Angeles’ lone Black mayor have conducted the Peace March for the past 22 years on the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
A virtual reading of the children’s books “Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Lisbeth Kaiser and “Freedom Summer” by Deborah Wiles, conducted by Culver City will begin at 7 p.m.
Each registration includes a free craft kit, which contains an activity book and “I Have a Dream” craft supplies and instructions.
Culver City is also conducting a virtual question-and-answer session for the city’s teenagers with author and podcast host Walter Thompson-Hernandez at 11 a.m. Saturday and a 4 p.m. reading of prose and poetry inspired by King.
Registration for the three Culver City events can be made at www.culvercity.org/Services/Neighborhood-Services/Virtual-Recreation-Center/MLK-Jr.-Event.