Style Networks Neicy Nash, Comedian D.L. Hughley, and R&B Singer Johnny Gill Are A Few Participating in the Annual Celebration
os Angeles is gearing up to bring in the New Year celebration the life, work, and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This year’s King Day celebrations include the Congress of Racial Equality Legal education and Defense Fund’s (CORE) annual Kingdom Day Parade, which will take place on Monday, January 18. CORE has name ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor Marc Brown as this year’s Grand Marshall and Host of the Style Network’s home makeover show, “Clean House” Neicy Nash will serve as the Celebrity Grand Marshall.
Organizers of this year’s parade credit Los Angeles City Councilmemers Bernard C. Parks Sr. of the 8th District, 10th District’s Herb J. Wesson Jr., and the L.A.P.D. for ensuring that there was a parade this year. The skyrocketing of cost associated with producing the parade almost made it impossible for the organizers to guarantee that there would be a parade until the assistance of Councilmembers Parks, Wesson, and newly appointed Police Chief Charlie Beck made it a reality.
“We are looking forward to working with the organizers of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade to ensure that even during this financial crisis, we can have the best parade possible,” explained Councilmember Bernard Parks. “We invite everyone in the community to join us in Leimert Park after the parade for a wonderful festival celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
“The LAPD really stepped up this year and worked with us to make sure that we could have this parade,” explains parade co-chair Celes King IV. “Without their assistance, we would not be having a Kingdom Day Parade this year.”
Leading up to Monday’s Kingdom Day Parade will be the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles’ (SCLC) 33rd Annual King Week.
The SCLC’s King Week is an annual celebration commemorating the national holiday observance of Dr. King’s birthday that begins with a kick-off ceremony and press conference and includes a multi-faith prayer breakfast, business/community mixer, and town hall forums, culminating with the 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Dinner gala fundraiser and celebration at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Dr. King’s birthday. This year’s dinner honorees include: Comedian D.L. Hughley, receiving the Drum Major Award; Community Activist Ms. Lillian Mobley, receiving the Rosa Parks Award; Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Isadore Hall III, receiving the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award; and Well Fargo Bank, receiving the Corporate Responsibility Award. R&B singer Johnny Gill will be the featured entertainment.
“Dr. King’s birthday, King Week, is the primary fundraiser for our programs—the Rosa Parks Family Counseling and Sexual Assault Center, Hate Crimes Prevention Program, Martin Luther King Dispute Resolution Center, and Beyond the Bell at Foshay Learning Center, an after school program that focuses on at risk students,” explains Reverend Eric Lee, president of SCLC of Greater Los Angeles. “In our small way, we are attempting to keep Dr. King’s dream and legacy alive through the work of King’s organization.”
For more information on the Kingdom Day Parade, please log onto kingdomdayparadecore-ca.org.
For more information on the SCLC’s King Week Celebration please log onto sclclosangeles.org.