*April 4, 2018 will mark 50 years since the assassination of a man widely known, respected and remembered for his ongoing work on the civil rights platform. Come to think of it, its rather appropriate to call him the Godfather of Civil Rights. I won’t go into details, those too young to know and those who want a refresher on his work can go here.
But the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. does live on, and with the apparent ongoing attempts to alter or change the reality that is U. S. history, we must ensure that he is never, ever forgotten.
With that said, the 33rd Annual Kingdom Day Parade will serve up an offering that sounds too good to be missed. Those planning to be in the Los Angeles area on Monday, January 15 can expect to witness the following features at the parade.
But who says you have to be in L.A.? If you can’t, don’t fret. You can watch it on TV!!
ABC-7 will again broadcast the entire 2-hour parade — LIVE — from 11am to 1pm and here’s what you can expect to see.
- 75 Children from Chicago Who Raised Money for Airfare & Hotel to Perform in the Parade
- “A Wrinkle In Time” Entry, a film by Oprah Winfrey and Directed by Ava DuVenay
- Outgoing Grand Marshal Congresswoman Maxine Waters Passes the Torch to 2018 Grand Marshal U.S. Senator Kamala Harris
- Henry Armstrong Boxing Ring float ft. Champion Timothy Bradley Jr, David Benavidez, former Champions Mike Weaver, Henry Tillman and more!
- Soul Train Dancing Alumni
- Kingdom Day Queen and Royal Court
- Horse Drawn Buck Wagon (Opening Act)
- Mayor Tom Bradley 100 Birthday Entry
- Cathedral City High School Ballet Folklorico Dance Group
- Los Angeles Culture Festival/Hollywood Carnival Brazilian Dancers
- Korea Eung HWA Dance Company from Seoul Korea
- A Father Forever featuring Ted Johnson, Parade Volunteer
- Blue Shield of California presenting sponsor float
- Our Local TV, Radio, Politicians, Community and corporate
…and many more surprises!
Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The 2.5 Mile parade route begins @ 10 AM on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd & Western Avenue, traveling west to Crenshaw, then South on Crenshaw, and ending at Leimert Park and Vernon.
HISTORY OF THE PARADE: The Kingdom Day Parade honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and has grown from its humble beginnings into the largest and longest running Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Birthday Celebration in the nation!
The Kingdom Day Parade, was first organized 37 years ago by Johnny Grant as a small local community event in San Diego that spanned only 5 blocks. In 1985, it was moved to Los Angeles and by this year it has grown to enjoy a live TV broadcast on KABC 7 for over 8 years, it now has a media audience of over 2.4 million viewers and listeners.
This years’ theme, borrowed from First Lady Michelle Obama is: “When They Go Low, We Go High”.
Source: ESP Public Relations