Santa Monica: Celebrations scheduled in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The city of Santa Monica will host three Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events Jan. 18-20 to commemorate the life of the slain civil rights leader.
Nat Trives, former Santa Monica mayor and longtime civic activist, will be the keynote speaker at the largest of the events, the celebration of King’s birthday Saturday, Jan. 19.
The annual celebration of the official King holiday has become one of the largest and most diverse celebrations of its kind in Southern California, organizers said. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Redeem the Dream.”
The schedule of events includes the following:
•Friday, Jan. 18, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at the Calvary Baptist Church, 1502 20th St., Santa Monica. The suggested donation is $25 per person or $200 for a table of 10. The event will feature Dominique Washington’s “Ready for the Dream;” a “Table Talk” conversation on “Courage in Action;” gospel music and more.
• Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m.: 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, a multiethnic interfaith program that includes inspirational readings, speakers, music, dance, singing and the MLK Education Awards. SGI Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.
The celebration is followed by a Community Involvement Fair from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the SGI Youth Center, 606 Wilshire Blvd. Both events are free.
• Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3:30 p.m.: The Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra performs a free Martin Luther King memorial concert after Barack Obama is re-sworn in as president of the United States. SGI Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd.
Trives, a Santa Monica City Council member from 1971 to 1979 who served as mayor in 1975-77, has been active in a wide range of civic and community service organizations in Santa Monica and Southern California.
A Santa Monica College alumnus, he received his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from California State University-Los Angeles and master of public administration from UCLA. A former police officer and supervisor, he has worked for the federal court system and has been a criminal justice and political science professor and administrator at SMC and Cal State L.A.
The events are presented by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition in cooperation with the Westside Interfaith Coalition and the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra.
The Jan. 19 event is co-sponsored by the city of Santa Monica, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica College Associates, City TV, RAND Corp., and SGI-USA.
Information, Ann Miks at (310) 260-8949, or firstname.lastname@example.org.