There is no live Kingdom Day Parade on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2021 but a special televised program is planned on Jan. 18 on ABC-7. The 35th Annual Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles celebrated the life and work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with the theme “Equality for All Humanity, Our Next Step” on Monday, January 20, 2020. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

Here is a sampling of online events honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his civil rights leadership.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Togetherhood Celebration: The City of Glendale presents the 5th annual event — virtually this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic — noon Jan. 14 (bit.ly/3qjbbEI). The Rev. Bryant T. Marks Sr., founder and CEO of the National Training Institute on Race and Equality, and a psychology professor at Morehouse College, is the keynote speaker. Ways to watch include the city’s Facebook here: www.facebook.com/MyGlendale/, and YouTube here: www.youtube.com/myglendale. Check the website for other viewing choices. www.glendaleca.gov/webevent

50th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Brotherhood Celebration – Online: YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation present a multimedia event with keynote speaker Stedman Graham, CEO at S. Graham and Associates, 9 a.m. Jan. 15. Honorees: Dave Roberts, manager, Los Angeles Dodgers (Brotherhood Award), and Sharon Robinson, vice-chair of the Jackie Robinson Foundation (Human Dignity Award). Celebration is live streamed from the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles. Register in advance here: bit.ly/38BfMvU.

2021 MLK Day Celebration – A Virtual Festival from California African American Museum: The online event celebrating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. begins with music from the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, 10 a.m. Jan. 18, followed by a Martin Luther King study group, 11 a.m., followed by a panel discussion “Black Workers and Social Justice: From Memphis, 1968, to Today,” 1 p.m., and a family story time and poetry workshop, 2:30 p.m. Free. Make a reservation to receive the Zoom instructions here: caamuseum.org/programs/special-events/mlk-day-celebration-2021. www.caamuseum.org

MLK Service Celebration – City of Santa Clarita: Santa Clarita Mayor Bill Miranda, members of the city council and the Human Relations Roundtable present a video on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 10 a.m., and rebroadcast at 7 p.m., on Jan. 18. The city encourages residents to perform “Acts of Kindness and Service” with ideas found here: scvhumanrelations.com. Watch the program on City of Santa Clarita Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/cityofsantaclarita or YouTube channel here: bit.ly/2LsuA76

Kingdom Day Parade 2021 – Virtual ABC-7 broadcast special: The annual in-person parade in Los Angeles has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic but the parade’s organizers, with partner ABC-7, present a look back at previous parades plus special guest commentaries on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights leadership and legacy, 11 a.m. Jan. 18 on ABC-7. Find more information about the parade and the history of Congress of Racial Equality of California on the website. 844-454-6432; 323-934-3683. kingdomdayparade.org

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