LBReport: Start Of 6th Annual MLK/Peace Week Activities With Candlelight Peace March

January 12, 2013

See/Hear Start Of 6th Annual MLK/Peace Week Activities With Candlelight Peace March; Events Culminate With MLK-Day Parade Sat. Jan. 19

A sizable crowd gathered at Central LB's Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at dusk today (Sat. Jan. 12) the 6th annual MLK Candlelight Peace March.

Sixth district Councilman Dee Andrews was joined by LB Mayor Bob Foster, state Senator Ricardo Lara (D., LB-Huntington Park) and 9th dist. Councilman Steven Neal and multiple community volunteers and activists for the event.


MLK Peace Week organizer Councilman Dee Andrews (right w/ LB cap) with Marshall Blesofsky (host/exec. producer Peoples Tribune TV) and Nadia Tushnet (long time community activist)


For video of remarks by Senator Lara, Mayor Foster and Councilmembers Neal and Andrews, click here


After remarks, the elected officials and the public carried candles in an energetic walk circling the park.


The event kicks off a week of activities organized by the office of Councilman Andrews in coordination with the Peace Week Committee, the City's Dept. of Health & Human Services, LB Parks, Rec & Marine and Human Dignity Program.


Among the activiies is "A Day in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. through the Eyes of Our Community Leaders," on Thursday, January 17th, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at MLK Park's Social Hall, 1950 Lemon Avenue.


"The California Conference for Equality & Justice will present the annual report on hate crimes and acts of violence happening in communities on a national, statewide, and local level to demonstrate how Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message to promote peace and unity is always ongoing," says a release from Councilman Andrews' office.


Afterwards, 6th District resident Christopher Covington will moderate a discussion among community leaders, who will share their knowledge and personal stories interacting and walking with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the new generation of youth. All leads up to a workshop designed to have participants foster new ideas that will allow positive changes to occur in the neighborhoods."


Peace Week's events culminate with the MLK Day parade, taking place this year on Saturday Jan. 19 starting at 10:30 a.m. The parade steps off at MLK Ave./Anaheim St., heads north to 19th St., turns right (east) onto 19th St., then left (north) on Lemon Ave to MLK Park.


Parking for the parade will be available at LBCC's nearby Central LB campus at PCH/Orange Ave.