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Martin Luther King Jr. Day to be celebrated in person, online at Inland Empire

Residents of the Inland Empire will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with personal and virtual events on the second holiday for King during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some big events like the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Walk-a-thon in Riverside have been canceled again. But some events will continue and others have gone online. Here are highlights of activities throughout the region designed to honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Riverside County


Volunteers are sought for Monday, January 17th to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day.

The event is hosted by Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. Volunteers will clean up garbage in the neighborhood, remove graffiti and tape from street poles and utility boxes, stack palm leaves and rake green waste. Supplies can be picked up at the Chamber Office, 3985 University Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Friday, January 14.

Information: 951-683-7100, Ext. 212; [email protected]

— Alison Escobar

san jacinto

Mount San Jacinto College’s Virtual Coffee and Conversation, led by black students and leadership groups, will honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, January 27.

The afternoon program, which is open to the public, will highlight King’s final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” and feature reflections from college students.

Those who register in advance will receive information on joining the program via Zoom.

— Alison Escobar


The Sam Hicks Memorial Park at the Temecula Valley Museum will feature a mural to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month.

It was created by 12-year-old student AJ Pedersen, with contributors Kaya Bo and Landon Stringle. The temporary mural will be unveiled on Tuesday, January 18, at 3 p.m. in the park, 28300 Mercedes St.

— Alison Escobar

San Bernardino County


The Ephesians New Testament Church and the City of Fontana will host the 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Saturday, January 15.

The special guest at the 6 p.m. event will be singer Shirley Caesar, who has won 12 Grammy Awards.

Festivities are scheduled for the Paul Bien Pavilion at Jack Bullick Park, 16581 Filbert Avenue. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for VIP. Group rates are available. Ticket information: 909-823-2310, or visit ephesianschurch.com

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— Betty Tyler


Kids ages 7 to 15 can celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, January 18 by making crafts and enjoying refreshments.

Held from 5 pm to 6 pm, this program was organized by Dorothy A. Quesada Community Center, 1010 S. Bon Vue Ave.

— Stephen Scouzillo


A Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month BBQ is scheduled for Monday, January 31.

The event, taking place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., is at the Anthony Munoz Community Center, 1240 W. Fourth St. residents are invited to bond with other community members to begin Black History Month and celebrate King’s legacy.

— Stephen Scouzillo


The University of Redland will host a number of virtual events to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Events will begin on Sunday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. with a service hosted by the Music School and the Pastor’s Office, followed by a candlelight vigil at 8:30 p.m. hosted by the Black Students Union at www.redlands.edu Will go /mlkservice. A poetry slam organized by the Association of Black Students, Faculty, Staff, Administrators and Alumni will begin on Monday, January 17th at 6 pm at www.redlands.edu/poetryslam.

On Tuesday, January 18, the School of Education and the Center for Educational Justice will host three panel discussions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. online at www.redlands.edu/MLKdialogue during a one-day dialogue program.

– Jessica Keating


Second Baptist Church Redlands will host a special service on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, January 16 at 10 a.m.

The church is at 420 E. Stuart Avenue. The service will also be broadcast online at: facebook.com/SecondBaptistRedlands

— Jennifer Iyer


Harkins Theaters will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a $5 screening of the film “Selma.”

Participating theaters include Harkins Mountain Grove 16 in the Redlands. The 2014 film About the King has screenings from Friday, January 14 to Monday, January 17.

– Staff Report

Los Angeles County


Lopez Urban Farms will host a Community Volunteer Service Day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 17th.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon and will take place at 1034 W. Mission Blvd.

Info: lopezurbanfarm.com

– Javier Rojasso

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