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Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observations

mlk632People in Los Angeles and across the country are honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his tireless work in civil rights.

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Members of the KTLA News staff participated in the 28th annual Kingdom Day Parade in South L.A. on Saturday.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Hundreds of thousands of people lined Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for the 28th annual Kingdom Day Parade.

The annual parade honors the life and work of the slain civil rights leader and is traditionally held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but was scheduled early to avoid conflict with Monday’s inauguration of President Barack Obama for a second term.

National Newspaper Publishers Association president Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., executive publisher for the Los Angeles Sentinel and L.A. Watts Times Weekender Newspaper, served as the parade’s grand marshal along with Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

Among one of the inspiring mobile displays included a double-decker bus that read: “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is: What are you doing for others?”

Dave Mecham reports.