CITYWIDE — The city of Santa Monica will host two events this weekend to commemorate the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This Saturday, the largest event will be held, featuring keynote speaker Nat “Mr. Santa Monica” Trives, a former Santa Monica mayor and longtime activist. The celebration, with the theme “Redeem the Dream,” includes inspirational readings, music, dance, singing and the MLK Education Awards. The event will be held at 10 a.m. in the SGI Auditorium at 525 Wilshire Blvd. Following the MLK day festivities, there will be a Community Involvement Fair from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the SGI Youth Center, located at 606 Wilshire Blvd. Both events are free.
On Jan. 20, the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra will perform a free Martin Luther King memorial concert after President Obama is privately sworn in. (His public swearing in will be held on Monday, Jan. 21, which is why City Hall decided to host MLK events over the weekend, so as not to conflict, city officials said. Jan. 21 is Martin Luther King Day) The performance will also be held at the SGI Auditorium at 3:30 p.m.
The events are presented by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Westside Coalition in cooperation with the Westside Interfaith Coalition and the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra. Saturday’s event is co-sponsored by the city of Santa Monica, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica College Associates, City TV, RAND Corp., and SGI-USA.