Peace Week 2011 Starts in the Garden and Ends in MLK Park

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long beach peace and unity festivalPeace Week begins in Long Beach this week, uniting the community with the teachings of nonviolence and equality while celebrating the revolutionary spirit of one of America’s most prominent advocates for racial justice and equality, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The week, which begins with an anniversary celebration in the Peace Garden will also include the 23rd Annual Peace & Unity Celebration.

Meet in the garden this Saturday, January 8 for Peace Fest, a free community event honoring global peace makers. The celebration takes place in the Peace Garden at Martin Luther King Jr Park from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., but We Love Long Beach invites residents to come early for a community breakfast. The nonprofit group will serve a free breakfast between 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. According to their website, this breakfast is “an opportunity to meet the great people who make Central Long Beach one our city’s great communities.”

Peace Fest in the Garden

In the afternoon, Peace Fest will feature a presentation that focuses on the teachings of some of the world’s greatest peace advocates such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Daisaku Ikeda. It will be a day of celebration and networking with local and national organizations working to improve the Long Beach community through peace. There will also be musical entertainment and an array of vendors that includes arts and crafts and local organizations.

Peace Fest will mark the one-year anniversary of the Peace Garden, which was created by Councilman Andrews and manifested by the hard work of the 6th District community that includes City of Long Beach DHHS Weed and Seed Program, Central Neighborhood Advisory Committee, South Wrigley Neighborhood Advisory Group and the Peace Garden Committee.

The festival takes place in the Peace Garden located at the DHHS Central Facilities in Martin Luther King Jr Park at 1133 Rhea Street.

Peace and Unity Parade

Long Beach will commemorate the memory of one of America’s greatest heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, this month with the Peace & Unity Parade Celebration. The annual festival takes place on Saturday, January 15, 2011. At 10:30 a.m. the parade will step off from Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street and proceed north towards the park.

After the parade, the celebration will continue at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park with entertainment, food booths, craft and merchandise vendors. There will also be a children and teens area with games and rides. The festival in the park lasts from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The parade and festival is part of Peace Week in Long Beach, created by Councilman Dee Andrews in an effort to unify and to uplift the community. For more information on the Peace Week events call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816 or log on to


One Response to “Peace Week 2011 Starts in the Garden and Ends in MLK Park”
  1. Greg says:

    Daisaku Ikeda is a cult leader of Soka Gakkai. To put his name in the same sentence as MLK or Gandhi is a JOKE!