Peace, Passion, Purpose! Theme for 24th MLK Jr. Peace & Unity Parade

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Martin Luther King Jr. Peace & Unity Parade Celebration

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The 24th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade Celebration will honor the theme “Peace! Passion! Purpose!” this year. The event is set to take place Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 2012 celebration theme is in Dr. King’s own actions, “Peace! Passion! Purpose!” The theme was taken from Dr. King’s teachings that…

“everyone can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

Everyone is a leader because everyone has the power to influence and develop others – whether at your work, home, church, or school. All it takes is Peace in your heart and actions, the Passion to generate enthusiasm and excitement about your actions, and the Purpose, something to stand or aim for.

“As we reflect on this years’ parade theme, let us remember the purpose of this special City of Long Beach event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and moves us towards Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community”, said Councilman Dee Andrews.

On Saturday morning, January 14, the parade heads out from Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue intersecting Anaheim Street.

It is followed by a multi-cultural celebration at King Park located at 1950 Lemon Avenue. The celebration will be filled with music and dance performances; a children and teen area filled with free carnival rides and give-a-ways. There will be lots of food, general merchandise vending booths, and community services information, as well as a Health Pavilion that will provide a number of free health test and flu shots.

This event is put on by the City of Long Beach, Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews and Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine. For more information call (562) 570-6816.

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