Organizers Prepare for Annual Martin Luther King Day Parade

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Organizers in South Los Angeles are preparing for the annual Kingdom Day Parade, which honors the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, the parade will originate at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue, according to a map provided by the Congress of Racial Equality of California. The procession will move east on MLK Boulevard to Crenshaw Boulevard, where it will turn and proceed south before ending at Vernon Avenue, near Leimert Park.

Other ceremonies were held Sunday in honor of the slain civil rights leader.

In Exposition Park, the California African American Museum hosted live performances by singer Jewel Tompkins, the Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy and musician Ileana Garcia. King’s speeches were also played.

More events were scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the museum.

Over the weekend, activists commemorated Martin Luther King Day by holding a “Sleep Out to End Homelessness” in Venice.

“There are a lot of people that don’t want the homeless people here. They say that they are hurting their property values,” said Deborah Lashever, a member of Occupy Venice. “So we’re out here making sure people realize that that’s not the case. We’re people. We need rights like anybody else.”

As part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the following will be closed Monday: government offices, courts, schools, libraries, banks and post offices.

Trash collection will continue on a normal schedule, as will Metrolink, MTA and rail line service.