King for a day

King for a day

Community offers several birthday celebrations for Martin Luther King Jr.

By Carl Kozlowski 01/16/2013

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s 84th birthday — with 2013 marking the 50th anniversary of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech — will be celebrated with a plethora of special events.
The biggest celebration will be at the Jackie Robinson Center, where the Martin Luther King Community Coalition will host a celebration on Monday after sponsoring a special community service event Saturday.
On Saturday, the coalition will host “MLK Day On, Not Off’ at John Muir High School, 1905 Lincoln Ave., where interested community members can help plant trees, shrubs and flowers. The planting will be from 8 to 10 a.m., before a memorial program of speakers and songs from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.
On Monday, from 9:45 a.m. to noon, at the Jackie Robinson Center, 1051 N. Fair Oaks Ave., public officials will offer holiday greetings before the winners of student art and essay contests are announced. Local groups will perform singing and dancing, and former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino will deliver the day’s keynote message before lunch is served at 12:15 p.m.
The main party is from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a discussion about King and a screening of a documentary about his life, before coalition chair Dr. Kathy Onoye of the Pasadena Unified School District joins in a panel discussion of King. Also on the panel are Joel McComb and the Rev. Dr. James E. Stevenson of Scott United Methodist Church.  
All ages will be participating, with the Pasadena Senior Center presenting two documentaries about King, “I Have a Dream” and “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend,” at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the center, located at 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Call (626) 795-4331 or visit
Meanwhile, the Kidspace Children’s Museum from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday will mark the day with attendees planting trees, making cards and bracelets for American troops stationed overseas and helping in the creation of a community friendship mural. Participants will also enjoy a special performance by the band Rhythm Child. All the fun is at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Events are free with museum admission. Call (626) 449-9144 or visit n


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Guess what? MLK believed in the 2nd Amendment, as it was originally intended.

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