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Celebrating the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The free event – one of the largest and most diverse celebrations of its kind in Southern California – is scheduled for 9 a.m. The event is presented by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition, a nonprofit coalition whose mission is consistent with King's legacy.

This year’s celebration marks the event’s 33rd anniversary and embraces the theme “Never Lose Hope: Unity Wins.” The multi-ethnic, interfaith program will include inspirational readings, speakers, music, and Education Awards. Immediately following the program, a Community Involvement Fair offering refreshments and informational displays by a variety of community organizations will be held nearby at the Grand Pavilion of St. Monica’s Church, 701 California Ave. Attendees are invited to bring along a new pair of socks to donate to The People Concern (thepeopleconcern.org).

Dr. Smith, who retired in 2005 after 27 years as a faculty member at SMC, is the only man in the history of track and field to hold 11 world records simultaneously.

Dr. Smith received an honorary doctorate degree (LHD) from San Jose State University in 2005, and is also the recipient of numerous awards from colleges, universities, numerous Halls of Fame, and municipal governments, in both the United States and abroad.

For more information about these and other related special events, please call 818-207-3934 or 310-434-4100.






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