Peace Week activities to include personal MLK stories, hate-crimes report and workshop highlighting ‘positive changes’

As part of the City of Long Beach Peace Week activities, 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews will host “A Day in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.” on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 4:30pm to 7pm, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park’s Social Hall, 1950 Lemon Ave.
The event is being organized in conjunction with: the Peace Week Committee; Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine; and the California Conference for Equality & Justice (CCEJ).
Christopher Covington, a 6th district resident and community youth activist, will organize the discussion with community leaders, who will share their knowledge and personal stories about interacting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the new generation of youth. This will include a workshop designed to have participants foster new ideas that will allow positive changes to occur in local neighborhoods.
The event will also feature a presentation by CCEJ that will include its annual report on hate crimes and acts of violence happening in communities on national, statewide, and local levels. CCEJ will also demonstrate how to promote King’s message of peace and unity.
“This event will provide our youth an opportunity to share in the experiences of what occurred during the Civil Rights Movement,” Andrews said. “Moreso, it will encourage our youth to promote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of peace, love, and understanding in our community.”
Residents of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to attend the event, which will include free refreshments.
Peace Week is a week of selected activities created by Andrews in an effort to unify and uplift the community. For more information on the Peace Week events, call Andrews’s office at (562) 570-6816.

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