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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

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California African American Museum

600 State Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90037

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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. Enjoy an array of vibrant programs and activities for all ages. Bring the kids for art-making and food, visit our exhibitions, hear a marathon reading of King’s lesser-known speeches and sermons, and much more—free for everyone!


10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Family Drop-in Art Activities

Get your Message Heard!
Build and decorate your own megaphone around a cause you care about. Speak up about how you want to change the world!

Posters for Change
Make a poster of MLK’s words or a slogan for a cause you are passionate about, then display your poster during our 4:00 p.m. Children’s March around the Rose Garden. Poster workshop led by Los Angeles–based nonprofit Cultivarte.

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10:00 – 11:00 a.m
King Study Group
Listen to a recording of King’s 1968 Los Angeles speech introduced by James Baldwin, then participate in a group discussion about how his words relate to our lives today.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Passing the Torch: Intergenerational Activism in the 21st Century
Fifty-five years after King employed youth to assist him with the Birmingham Campaign in 1963 in his effort to achieve desegregation in the South, an important conversation intensifies: how can older generations inspire the next in the struggle for civil rights? This panel discussion includes Shamell Bell, mother, community organizer, and doctoral candidate in Culture and Performance at UCLA; Nason Buchanan, Program Manager, Office of Reentry, City of Los Angeles; Adam Clayton Rodgers, a fine arts student at Otis College of Art and Design; Navy veteran Justus Anderson; and Paul Von Blum, senior lecturer in African American Studies and Communication Studies at UCLA. Moderated by Marsha Hopkins, adjunct professor at Otis College of Art and Design and chair of CAAM’s History Council.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The Time Is Always Right to Do Right: Keynote by Reverend Eddie Anderson
Reverend Eddie Anderson, pastor of McCarty Memorial Church, co-chair of California Poor People’s Campaign, and Black Lives Matter advocate, discusses how to encourage positive social change in our communities.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Young Activists Present MLK Speeches
Youth activists including Genesis Butler, Sophie Cruz, Seijani, and Flora Mack present excerpts of speeches by King.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles presents a musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. for the celebration of the 90th anniversary of his birth.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Children’s March around the Rose Garden
Inspired by the Birmingham Children's Crusade of 1963, gather your posters and march through Exposition Park for causes that you believe in today.

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