Mayor Foster and Councilman Andrews to Lead 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Peace March

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Dr. Martin Luther King giving his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. Photo from Wikipedia

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. Photo from Wikipedia

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 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Peace March. The candlelight march will take place on Saturday, January 11th at 5:00 p.m., the March starting point is located at Ernest S. McBride Park and ends at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Parking will be available at Long Beach City College, PCC, 1305 East Pacific Coast Highway and free shuttles are available.

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 years’ march is honoring the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

This is the seventh 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 11th at McBride Park. There is free parking across the street from the park at Long Beach City College and shuttles to the march starting point. For more information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816 or log on to

Peace Week events include:

Saturday, January 11th
“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 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 11th
“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 12th
“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 13th
“Peace in our Community; A Place for Everyone!”
5:00pm -7:00pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Produced by California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) and Cambodian Association of America to help build an inclusive community by having dialogue around immigration and safety in our community.

Tuesday, January 14th
“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.

Wednesday, January 15th
“Spirit on the Move”
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue
Produced by Clue California this event will move the human spirit to peace with special performances by African Drummers and Dancers; Sacred Jazz, and Spoken Word.

Thursday, January 16th
“Read for Peace”
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at Mark Twain Library
Produced 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. Special guest PEACE readers will be reading quotes from peace makers.

Saturday, January 18th
26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration:
“50 Years Strong & the Dream Lives On”
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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