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Volunteer work, parade set to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

January 16, 2012 |  7:54 am

MLK Jr. memorial in Washington
Los Angeles will celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday with a parade and community service work designed to honor the slain civil rights leader.

The 27th annual Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles themed "The Dream Continues to Live and Grow'' is set to begin at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue.

The parade will head west on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Crenshaw Boulevard, then south to Vernon Avenue and conclude at a festival in Leimert Park. Volunteers will be able to celebrate King’s legacy with service projects.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected participate in L.A. Works’ seventh-annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by helping build a garden at Los Feliz Elementary School.

Volunteers, including musician Sly Stone, former NFL player and entertainer Rosey Grier and civil rights activist Willy Siegel-Leventhal also are expected to renovate the school’s grounds. The volunteer activity runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Volunteers at Los Angeles Academy Middle School in South Los Angeles are scheduled to paint murals, build benches and participate in planting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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Photo: People gather at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Monday for a ceremony to honor his legacy. Credit: Evan Vucci / Associated Press