Peace Week honors Dr. King with events focused on unity, community

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peace-unity-weekThe City of Long Beach is celebrating Peace Week. Created by Councilman Dee Andrews, Peace Week activities are produced to instill a peaceful environment utilizing the teachings of Dr. King and to raise the consciousness of the community.

This week-long celebration is being held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s nonviolent movement and kicks-off January 9, 2010 with a number of events that includes an evening candlelight Peace March. Join community leaders from all over the city, as they march in unity for nonviolence and peace.

Residents can participate in Peace Week by attending one of the City of Long Beach sponsored events that highlights the aspect of peace and nonviolence, such as those expressed by Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Peace Week provides us with an opportunity to encourage self-reflection, bridge-building among our neighbors, and provides valuable educational opportunities for our community. It is vital that we share the message of peace and nonviolence in our city, particularly with our youth today. We urge you to participate in some way”, said Councilman Andrews.

The 6th District has also set up a new web page in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The mini site features the profound teachings of Dr. King as well as information about Peace Week activities. Find all this information and stay connected by visiting http://www.longbeach.gov/district6/mlk_peace_unity_parade.asp. Call (562) 570-6816 for further details.

The following is a schedule of Free Peace Week activities:

Saturday, January 9

  • 8:00 am-12:00 pm
    Pre-Parade & Neighborhood Clean Up
    Location: Samuel S. McBride Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
    Contact: Hadassa Jackson at 562-570-4006
  • 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Pre-Celebration King Park Clean Up
    Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue
  • 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    The Gift, a community empowerment event,
    Location: Washington Middle School, 1450 Cedar Avenue
    Long Beach, CA 90813-1705
    (562) 591-2434
  • 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    Ground Breaking of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Peace Garden,
    Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue
  • 5:00 pm
    3rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Peace March
    Prayer & Candle light ceremony,
    Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue

Sunday, January 10

  • 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.

Tuesday, January 12

  • 5:00 pm
    3rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Maker Award
    The Dr. Martin Luther King Peace Maker Awards will be presented to recognize those individuals that have carried on the nonviolence and unity message of Dr. King in our community. Recipients include Walter Neil of British Petroleum, Pastor Wayne Chaney of Antioch Church Long Beach and PeaceBuilders Program, founded by Michelle Molina.
    Location: The Long Beach City Council meeting, 333 West Ocean Blvd- Council Chambers.

Wednesday, January 13

  • 4:30 pm- 7:00 pm
    PART I: Youth/ Police Dialogue,
    Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue

Thursday, January 14

  • 4:30 pm- 7:00 pm
    PART II: Youth/ Police Dialogue,
    Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue

Friday, January 15

  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    1st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Minister Luncheon
    Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue
  • 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    “Dreamland” Youth & Teen Area Opening
    Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue

Saturday, January 16

  • 10:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    22nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade and Celebration “Strength To Love”
  • 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 noon.
    Parade
  • 12 noon – 5:00 p.m.
    Festival at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue. The event includes two stages of entertainment, health pavilion, teen & youth area and free activities, international food and merchandise vendors

Sunday, January 17

  • 3:00 p.m.
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Celebration
    Location: Gospel Memorial Church of God in Christ, 1480 Atlantic Ave

Peace Week is co-sponsored by the City of Long Beach Human Dignity Program and The Long Beach Weed & Seed Program.

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