Mayor Garcia and Councilman Andrews to Lead 8th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Peace March

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Mayor Robert Garcia and 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews

Mayor Robert Garcia and 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews

As a part of the City of Long Beach Peace Week activities, Mayor Robert Garcia Councilman Dee Andrews, and distinguished community members will be leading the 8th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Peace March. The candlelight march will take place on Saturday, January 10th at 5:00 p.m., at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue, Long Beach.

In an effort to lift the consciousness of the community about Dr. King’s legacy and principles, Councilman Dee Andrews, the Peace Week Committee, Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine, and the City of Long Beach Human Dignity Program are promoting more than a week of activities designed to unify the community. The Candlelight Peace March is an opportunity for the community to come together to promote the increase of peace throughout our neighborhoods.

This is the eighth year that the City of Long Beach has come together to promote this annual walk, spear-headed by 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews. “The Peace March provides the community an opportunity to stand united. Walking together, we represent the peace and the love that keeps our community strong”, said Councilman Dee Andrews. “I hope to see all the churches, families, schools, and community organizations at the march”, continued Andrews.

The march will begin promptly at 5:00 pm, on January 10th at King Park. There is free parking across the street from the park at Long Beach City College. For more information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816 or log on to www.longbeach.gov/district 6

2015 Peace Week events include:

Tuesday, January 6th
“Martin Luther King Jr. Presentation & Peace Maker Awards
5:00 pm, at Long Beach City Council Meeting, City Hall, 333 West Ocean Blvd
In honor of Dr. King and the recognition of local community leaders that have continued the message of peace.

Friday, January
“We are the Dream; Seniors United”
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, at St Mary Tower, 1120 Atlantic Avenue
Hosted by Jeanetta McAlpin & Commissioner Ameerah Massey
This is a free celebratory event in honor of Dr. King that bring senior residents together.

Saturday, January 10th
“Pre-Parade & Neighborhood Clean Up”
8:30 am -12:00 pm, at King Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue
Sponsored By the Long Beach Downtown Lions Club
Join community groups and neighbors as they work to clean up the parade route area.

Saturday, January 11th
“The Gift”
Sponsored by New Generations, NG
12:30 pm -3:00 pm, at Washington Middle School, 1450 Cedar Avenue

Local residents attend to receive free gifts which includes food, clothing, services, and accessories.

Saturday, January 10th
“Peace March”
5:00 pm, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue
This annual candlelight march spreads the vibration of peace throughout Long Beach. Join community leaders, organizations and neighbors as they walk in harmony for peace.

Sunday, January 11th
“Personal Reflections”
All places of worship in the City of Long Beach are encouraged to participate in recognition of Dr. King’s legacy in the form of your choice. This is to promote the dialogue and reflection of Dr. King’s message into our community.

Monday, January 12th
“Tranquility with Hope for Cambodian Seniors”
11:00 am -2:00pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Sponsored by Dream Beyond Foundation and Hope for Cambodian Seniors to help build a peaceful, healthy and active lifestyle for seniors in our community.

Wednesday, January 14th
“Feed For Peace”
12:00 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue
Sponsored by Ms Alice & Friends and GoGo Pollo this event is a community luncheon for seniors and the community.

Wednesday, January 14th
“Movie Night at the Park”
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue
Sponsored by Long Beach Advocates for Change this event is hosting leadership movies that bring about peace full changes in the world.

Thursday, January 15th
“Zumba for a Healthy & Peaceful Community”
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue
Sponsored by the City of Long Beach Humanity Dignity Office this active event will get your heart pumping with a great evening of fitness and fun.

Friday, January 16th
“Read for Peace”
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at Mark Twain Library
Sponsored by New Life Beginnings and sponsored by Long Beach Public Library. This free Peace Week educational event for all ages. The event is in honor of the World’s Peacemakers Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Cesar Chavez and Nelson Mandela. Free books will be given to each child ages 5 to 12.

Saturday, January 17th
27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration:
“From Poverty to Prosperity”
Parade runs from 10:30 am- 12:00 noon. Celebration, which includes two stages of entertainment, health pavilion, teen and youth area and free activities, international food and merchandise vendors will be held from 12 noon – 5:00 pm at

Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue, Long Beach, CA.

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