On Monday, January 19, 2015, the City of Inglewood will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration.
This year’s memorial of Dr. King’s legacy marks Inglewood’s 32nd annual commemoration.
Each year, the City celebrates with speeches from elementary, middle and high school students, inspiring keynote speakers, moving gospel choirs, a family festival and renewed commitments to “Advance the Dream.”
“Inglewood’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration is an inspiring event that reflects our community’s continued commitment to the ideas of freedom, equality, and mutual respect inspired by Dr. King,” said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. “The public is invited to join us in remembrance of this civil rights hero.”
The City will kick-off its 2015 King Day celebration at 9:00 a.m. with a commemorative program at Crozier Middle School, located at 120 W. Regent.
Under the banner “Advancing the Dream: The Time is Now,” the King Day event will feature performances by local choirs and community groups, as well as participation from elected officials and special guests. KJLH radio personality Kevin Nash will serve as the master of ceremonies, and Buffalo Soldiers, and Montford Point Marines will serve as special guests.
Musical selections will include performances by Toni Malone: Lady of Soul, Chris “The Hammer” Smith, and First Church of Compton. A symbolic civil rights march will follow after the service beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. March participants will leave the school site and culminate at The Fabulous Forum (corner of Manchester Boulevard and Prairie Avenue.) The march which is designed to reenact the civil rights marches of the 1950s and 1960s.
The 2015 King Day activities will continue on the grounds of the Fabulous Forum with King Fest, including commercial vendors, interactive games, food and live entertainment provided by radio and entertainment sponsor, Radio FREE KJLH 102.3 FM.
Guest emcees, CBS sports anchor Jill Hill and recording artist Johnnie Gill will welcome to the performance stage Grammy nominated artist Antonique Smith, Darius McCrary, Higher Groove, Ariella Azmerelda, Mali Nicole, Real Band, and the Sledge Grits Band.
The City of Inglewood’s King Day celebration is sponsored by Sky Posters, The Madison Square Garden Company, KJLH Radio 102.3, Inglewood Today, Consolidated Disposal Service and the Inglewood Unified School District.
For more information about Inglewood’s King Day Celebration, call (310) 412-8750 or visit the
City’s website at www.cityofinglewood.org.