Rev. Martin Luther King during a press conference on Nov. 6 1964. Photo credit: Dick DeMarsico/World Telegram & Sun/Public Domain
Rev. Martin Luther King during a press conference on Nov. 6 1964. Photo credit: Dick DeMarsico/World Telegram & Sun/Public Domain

The 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration will be held Saturday in Long Beach, while a day of service is planned for West Hollywood to mark the anniversary of the birth of the slain civil rights leader.

The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street. Its theme is “Love & Forgiveness.” The parade has 85 entries, according to Councilman Dee Andrews.

Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson, Long Beach Fire Department Chief Mike DuRee and Long Beach City Auditor Laura Doud are among the grand marshals.

A celebration will follow from noon-5 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Klymaxx featuring Cheryl Coolie will be the featured musical performer.

A day of service will be held in West Hollywood, with volunteers needed to perform various beautifying tasks at West Hollywood Elementary School, including landscaping and painting, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Physical labor is required. Volunteers will work for a six-hour shift and receive lunch and a commemorative T-shirt.

Registration is required and can be made by emailing wehovcorps@gmail.com or calling (323) 848-6885.

Volunteers will also be collecting non-perishable food items to benefit the SOVA Food and Community Resource Program, and new and used clothing and shoes for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the school.

—City News Service

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