Inglewood-January 19-thru 21st, 2013 will doubtlessly go into the history books. This special weekend celebrates the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the inauguration of President Barack Obama being sworn in for his second term of President of the United States.
For three decaded, the city of Inglewood honors and celebrates the life and legacy of Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. The day long celebration features an ecumenical service, followed by a family festival. "This is a wonderful way for the community to reflect on the values of Dr. King and the accommplishments he made in the struggle for equality for all."
I joined several hundred community members for the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Saturday, January 19,2013. This years ecumenical services was held at Crozier Middle School Auditorium.
A continous powerpoint presentation of Dr. Kings life was shown throughout the program. The theme for this years celebration was "Keeping the Dream Alive"Past and Future."
The program got under way with a dance performance tribute to the Civil Rights Movement. Traysean Carrington of the Inglewood School Dance Ensemble performed to the tune "I'm Tired."
Reverend Joyce L. Randall, Secretary, Inglewood Area Minister's Association led the audience in the Prayer of Invocation/Scripture Reading. Kyndal Holly, Youth Member, Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Planning Committee led the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Michaela Pereira, KTLA Morning Show News Anchor, served as Mistress of Ceremony. She welcomed the crowd "to sit back,and enjoy another handclapping good time."
Mr.Henry Brown, Chairman, Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Planning Committee greeted the crowd and introduced Inglewood Mayor James T.Butts, Jr. Mr.Butts recognized and acknowledged the visiting dignitaries present, Inglewood City Council and School Board Members, as well as members of the Buffalo Soldiers, Montford Point Marines Association and Tuskegee Airmen(Unsung War Heroes). Mr.Butts stated that "Dr.Martin Luther King,Jr. accomplishments are still significant, without Dr.Kings accomplishments to achieve equality for all, there would be no Black Governors and Mayor all across the United States as well as the first Black President of the United States-President Barack Obama." "The City of Inglewood celebrates Dr.Kings greatness." The "Dream Team"-original Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.Day Planning Committee members, Joyce Dorn and George Dotson were honored for their vision with an award presentation on stage.
Jimmy Fisher & Contagious Praise of Faithful Central Bible Church provided some roof raising musical selections to the delight of the audience.They warm and electrified our soul on the following tunes "Great is Thy Faithfullness," "Help Me Praise Him," and "There is a Champion in Me."
LaTanya Kirk-Carter, Interim State Administrator, Inglewood Unified School District, introduced the speech contest winners. Contestants compete from within the Inglewood Unified School District public,private and charter schools, as well as local churches. The categories for the speech contest competition are based on the following grade levels: K-2,3-5,6-8,and 9-12. The following 2013 King Day Speech Contest Winners presented their inspiring and riveting speeches during the commemorative ecumenical services.
Category K-2 Cadence Callahan-2nd Grade
Category 3-5 Alonso Rios -4th Grade
Category 6-8 Zionne M.Nunez -6th Grade
Category 9-12 Amani Moultrie -12th Grade
Each speech contest winner received a cash prize and a certificate of recognition.The 2013 Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Speech Contest is sponsored by the Inglewood Unified School District.
Special Guest Jackie Lacey,District Attorney for the City of Los Angeles spoke about" Dr. King's life which was dedicated to service to others." This was also in keeping with President Barack Obama's Day of Service, in which people volunteered in their communities all across the nation, on Saturday, January 19th.
Special Guest Zoe Hendrix,actress known as "Alexis Reed" on the BET sitcom "Reed Between the Lines" related a funny story of a tour of Dr.Kings' house.
The City of Inglewood Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.Day Celebration added another Special award to the program. This is the second year in which a scholarship was presented to a college student. Daniel Andrews was this years recipient of the Roosevelt Douglas Scholarship Award presented by Precious Ares and Kopper Overton, The Ares-Overton Foundation.
Reverend Joyce L.Randall, Secretary, Inglewood Area Minister's Association concluded the program with The Benedition. The community was invited to the King Day Family Festival outside on the Multi-Purpose field for arts and crafts, commercial vendors, live entertainment, food and fun to continue to the celebration on this historic weekend.