Mayor Foster and Councilman Andrews to Lead 6th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Peace March

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Mayor Bob Foster

As a part of the City of Long Beach Peace Week activities, Mayor Bob Foster, Councilman Dee Andrews, and distinguished community members will be leading the 6th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Peace March. The candlelight march will take place on Saturday, January 12th at 5:00 PM, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue.

In an effort to lift the consciousness of the community about Dr. King’s legacy and principles, Councilman Dee Andrews, the Peace Week Committee, City of Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services, 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.

25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade

Councilman Dee Andrews

This is the sixth year that the City of Long Beach has come together to promote this annual walk, spear-headed by 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews. “This Peace March provides the community an opportunity to stand united. Walking together, we represent peace, love, and understanding, which is the true meaning of community”, 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 12th at King Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue. 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

Peace Week events include:

Saturday, January 12th
“Pre-Parade & Neighborhood Clean Up”
8:30 am-10:00 am, at McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
Join community groups and neighbors as they work to clean up the parade route area.

Saturday, January 12th
“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. Gifts include food, clothing, services, and accessories.

Saturday, January 12th
“Peace Fest”
Sponsored by the DHHS Central Facilities Center and the PEACE GARDEN
3:00 pm-5:00 pm, at Peace Garden- DHHS Central Facilities Center, 1133 Rhea Street
In honor of Global PEACE Makers KING, GHANDI, IKEDA, CHAVEZ, the Peace Fest celebrates with music, arts and crafts, local vendors, and neighborhood organizations.

Saturday, January 12th
“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 13th
“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 14th
“Dance For Peace”
Sponsored By Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine
and Homeland Cultural Center
6:00 pm, at Manazar Gamboa Community Theater,
Homeland Cultural Center 1323 Gundry Avenue
An evening of dance and art in motion with special performances from local
Long Beach artist.

Tuesday, January 15th
“Martin Luther King Jr. Presentation & Peace Maker Awards”
4:00 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.

Wednesday, January 16th
“Vision of Peace”
Sponsored By Long Beach Human Dignity Program
6-8:00 pm, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue
An evening of poetry and short story readings from the Vision of Peace Project.

Thursday, January 17th
“A Day in the Life” with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sponsored By The California Conference for Equality and Justice
4:30 pm- 7:00 pm, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave
A panel of community members that has been in contact, connected and interacted with the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will share their personal stories of the time with Dr. King and the knowledge they learned with our new generation of youth.

Saturday, January 14th
25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration:
“Silver Anniversary”
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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